Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 15:12 GMT on Monday, 19th November 2012.
Council urge Cumbernauld drivers to reduce speed

CUMBERNAULD drivers have been reminded that slower speeds = happy people.

It’s part of the message from this year's national Road Safety Week, with drivers being urged to reduce their speed.

North Lanarkshire Council are supporting the campaign, which is co-ordinated by the road safety charity Brake and runs from 19 to 25 November.

"As we move into winter, it becomes even more important to raise awareness of road safety among drivers and pedestrians," said Councillor James Coyle, Convener of the Planning and Transportation Committee.

"Road Safety Week is an excellent way of reminding drivers to slow down to 20mph around schools, homes and shops. Reducing speed gives drivers more time to stop safely in an emergency and cuts the chances of a pedestrian being seriously injured or killed.

"In North Lanarkshire we are taking a range of actions to improve road safety, including introducing 20mph speed limits outside schools and in residential areas as well as educating drivers and pedestrians, particularly school children, of the importance of road safety. As a result we are achieving national targets for road safety, but it is vital that we continue to reinforce the message to drivers to slow down to protect local people."

North Lanarkshire Council’s Road Safety Team will be working with Strathclyde Police and local schools to promote Road Safety Week as part of their ongoing education programme. They will be at Cathedral Primary School in Motherwell using games to highlight road safety issues in a fun way, and at Coatbridge library to promote the safety messages.

The police will be distributing reflective armbands to all primary seven pupils across North Lanarkshire to help make them visible as they walk to and from school.

Sunday 18th November is World Remembrance Day, which is dedicated to remembering the many millions of people across the world who are killed or injured in road crashes, as well as their families and communities. It also pays tribute to the dedicated emergency crews, police and medical professionals who daily deal with the traumatic aftermath of road death and injury.
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