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Officers Go Full Throttle for Launch of Brake Road Safety Week 3
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood writes crime and policing news and graduated Teesside Uni with a degree in Crime & Investigation.

Police and partners will next week take part in a week-long timetable of activities to raise awareness
of a national road safety campaign.

Brake Road Safety Week takes place between Monday 18th November and Sunday 24th November
and promotes road safety in the hope of preventing tragedies and making roads safer to use.

This year officers from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit will visit colleges
around the Force area and will carry out enforcement operations during the week to highlight the

Throughout the week officers will concentrate on the ‘Fatal 4’ of drinking and driving, seatbelts,
speeding and distraction. The ‘Fatal 4’ consists of the four most common contributing factors when
looking at fatalities on roads.

On Monday 18th November officers and colleagues from Cleveland Fire Brigade will start the week
with the Learn and Live initiative at Hartlepool College. The initiative will also be taking place at
Redcar & Cleveland College, Stockton Riverside College and Middlesbrough College throughout
the rest of the week.

On Tuesday 19th November officers in both the Cleveland and Durham areas will concentrate on
seatbelt enforcement and ensuring that motorists and their passengers are wearing their seatbelts.
Wednesday 20th November will focus on enforcement action in relation to the issue of speeding.

Thursday 21st November will centre around enforcement action in relation to distraction, and in
particular mobile phones. The rest of the week will see officers out on patrol, carrying out alcohol
tests and drug tests on any drivers suspected of being intoxicated.

Inspector Lee Rukin, Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “Brake Road Safety
Week highlights the extremely important messages that we as roads policing officers find ourselves
repeating to motorists every day.

“It is imperative that we take part in such campaigns in order to save lives and avoid serious road
collisions wherever possible. We spend a lot of time carrying out enforcement action which focuses
on the ‘Fatal 4’ but the potential to save just one life makes all of it worthwhile.”

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