Council partnership gets major award for road safety work

December 2, 2014

Cheshire East Council has been honoured for reducing the number of fatal road traffic accidents.

The Council’s partnership with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service – the first of its kind in the country – has won the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award.

The Council commissioned the fire service’s road safety team to carry out road safety education at all Cheshire East’s schools – covering almost 11,000 children at 130 primary schools and 21 high schools.

The partnership’s work is so impressive that it has won public recognition as one of the most outstanding examples of international road safety initiatives.

There were 28 road deaths in Cheshire in 2013, down from 79 in 2007.

Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “What a tremendous achievement by the partnership, helping to make our roads so much safer.

“But, as a responsible authority, we will not stop there – we intend to renew this arrangement with the fire service to ensure that we continue to educate our young people about road safety and further reduce road deaths.”

The partnership was commended for its ‘high level of leadership’ and ‘effective deployment of resources to making roads safer’ in what is the first instance of a fire and rescue service being commissioned to deliver this educational work in the UK.