Irwin Mitchell Help Brake Spread The Road Safety Message in Glasgow
Road savvy youngsters will be extra safe during autumn’s dark morning and evening school runs thanks to a local law firm who donated fluorescent wrist bands to a Glasgow school.
Expert serious injury lawyers from Irwin Mitchell’s Glasgow office visited Kelvindale Primary School to hand out brightly-coloured ‘snap bands’ to 30 children in primary four.
The glow-in-the-dark bands were handed out during Brake’s Road Safety Week last week. This year’s theme was ‘slower speeds = happy people,’ which Irwin Mitchell say is almost always a key factor in accidents leading to serious injuries on the road.
Lorraine Smart, from Irwin Mitchell’s Glasgow office, said: “Brake’s Road Safety Week is one of the most important dates in our calendar at Irwin Mitchell because improving road safety and supporting victims of collisions is something we care passionately about.
“We see the devastation accidents caused by speeding drivers can have on our clients and their families, many of which are children. Severe car accidents can leave people with permanent or long-term injuries leaving victims needing extensive physiotherapy and rehabilitation to help recover.
“We hope the fluorescent wristbands handed out to enthusiastic youngsters will help motorists see them during the dark winter months and prevent any accidents.”
Brake’s campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of making it safer for people to walk and cycle in their own community, for example people commuting or going to school, and cycling as a hobby. Brake is calling on drivers to slow down to 20mph around homes, schools and shops – which they say will save lives by giving drivers a good chance of stopping in time in an emergency.
Figures from the road safety charity show that 80 per cent of people in Scotland say drivers need to slow down around their home or school; two in three, (65 per cent) said they would be able to walk and cycle more if roads in their neighbourhood were safer; and nearly half (45 per cent) said they have been hit, or had a near miss, while walking or cycling.
Rhona Taylor, deputy head teacher at Kelvindale Primary School in Glasgow, added: “The yellow wrist bands are a simple idea but they could save a child’s life by making them more visible to motorists. They are also fun to wear and the children love them. We appreciate that companies like Irwin Mitchell are able to provide them for our pupils.”
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