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Suffolk man drives home road safety message

A Debenham power worker is leading his company’s drive to make employees safer on the roads during Road Safety Week (Nov 18-24).

From Press releases - 21 November 2019 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity to 8.3 million homes and businesses across the East of England, London and the South East, is marking the week by reminding its 6,000 staff to continue to take care and promote safe driving.

Simon Deeley, a project supervisor, is spearheading the campaign by drawing on his own experience as a former firefighter.

Simon, based in Bury St Edmunds, said: “If this campaign makes anyone think and slow down it can only be a good thing. I used to drive for the fire brigade and the vehicle needed to be ready to go 24/7.

“A fire engine cannot be half full of fuel or have a flat tyre so we had to check them twice a day, every day as planning and preparation prevents poor performance.

“The majority of people on the roads have only taken a basic driving test, possibly years ago, so I always advise people not to drive outside their comfort levels.”
Emma Palmer, who manages the safety engagement team at UK Power Networks, said: “Most road deaths and injuries are caused by unsafe driver behaviour.
“Drivers cause deaths and injuries when they fail to predict, see, or react to hazards. This often happens because they are driving too fast for road conditions or manoeuvring when it isn’t safe.”

Coordinated by Brake, Road Safety Week’s theme is for everyone to ‘Step up for Safe Streets’ and learn about, shout about and celebrate the amazing design-led solutions that will allow us all to get around in safe and healthy ways, every day.