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Road safety

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Walking to school and crossing the road

Always use a safe crossing if possible, when walking to school to show your children a good road safety example so they will copy the correct way to cross roads.

  • For education resources to teach your child how to cross the road safely visit Think! website education resources
  • Educate your child to wear high visibility clothing while out walking, scooting or cycling
  • Our My Journey team can loan out teaching aids to nurseries / pre-schools - such as zebra crossing mats, signs, books and games
  • Year 3 pupils in schools receive a Safer Steps workbook from My Journey so they can do pedestrian training with parents
  • My Journey organise a programme of road safety shows over 4 weeks every year for primary age children in schools

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The Scooter Heroes

Scooter Heroes is a fun way of teaching children to ride their scooters safely and scooter training takes place for Year 1 pupils.

Schools should contact My Journey to book. Email myjourney@wokingham.gov.uk or phone 0118 974 6387.

It's the law to wear a seatbelt

All drivers and passengers must wear a seat belt, by law. Visit the   Think! website seatbelt video to find out more about the importance of seat belts.

Young drivers and seatbelts

Nearly 50% of young drivers have recent experience of being in a car with someone not wearing a seat belt, a new survey suggests. The survey, which canvassed the views of 2,000 drivers, was published by Brake on 31 January 2019 to mark the 36th anniversary of legislation which made it mandatory to wear a seat belt in the front seats of a car. 

49% of respondents aged between 18-24 years admitted to being in a car with someone not belted up in the past year – around three times higher than older drivers. DfT figures show that 27% of the 787 car occupants who died in 2017 were not wearing seat belts – compared to 20% in 2016. European legislation is currently being passed which will make seat belt reminder systems mandatory for all seats in new cars from later this year.

Child car seats

Children must be appropriately restrained when travelling in a car. Our Booster Boy campaign aims to raise awareness of the need to use booster seats in cars for children under the height of 135cm.

For more information visit the following websites


Child car seat regulation for booster seats – new amendment now in effect 

This means that parents who currently have booster cushions can legally continue to use them as they have been. Any new backless booster seats (booster cushion) coming to market from 9 February 2017 will only be suitable for children above 22kg and 125cm.  

Child car seats and fitting advice

Visit the Child Car Seats website to watch videos about the different types of child car seats, how to select the correct car seat for your child and how to correctly fit a child car seat.

Child car seat clinic

My Journey team, supported by Safer Roads Berkshire, held a child car seat clinic at Tesco, Finchampstead Road on Thursday 13 September with specialists from Child Seat Safety checking seats. 

Parents and carers were obviously concerned that they are transporting children in a safe manner and were keen for advice and peace of mind that their seats were fitted correctly. 

Checks were carried out not only on the fitting of the seat in the car, but the fitting of the child in the seat. 

Faults were found with both and the overall results following the day prove that there is still a long way to go with keeping children safe in the car.

Results as follows:

41 checks, plus 7 advice only and 5 refusals.

Of the 41 checks only 4 had the seat and the child correct – the rest had a fault with the child fitting or the seat fitment. Good news is that all issues were resolved.

For essential information on child car seats, please go to the Child Seat Safety website

Cycle training

Read our cycle training page for details of cycle training courses.

Tips for safe cycling

  • Cycle in a prominent position, so that you can be seen clearly
  • Signal your movements clearly
  • Make sure your lights are working and are fitted correctly
  • Wear high visibility clothing and reflective materials
  • You can use our helmet order form (PDF document) to order a cycle helmet
  • Take extra care when cycling at night, when you'll be less visible to motorists

Dangers of drink / drug driving    

In the last 50 years road casualties from drink driving have fallen dramatically.  However, driving under the influence of drink or drugs is still a problem on our roads resulting in over 100 crashes a year in Berkshire. 

Drivers under the age of 24 are 54 percent more likely than average to be impaired by alcohol, men nearly 20 percent more likely.  Many motorists are also not aware of how long alcohol takes to leave your system. 

If you have a late night enjoying a few drinks you may well still be over the legal limit in the morning and unaware of the risks you are taking with your own life and that of others. The crashes involving impaired drivers are also much more serious - more than twice as likely to result in someone being killed. 

Don't drink / use drugs and drive

Alcohol affects your ability to drive. You risk a fine of up to £5,000, a minimum 12-month driving ban and a criminal record. 

Driving while unfit through drugs (illegal, prescribed or over-the-counter) is an offence which carries the same penalty as drink driving. If you take medicine for an illness, ask the doctor or chemist about side effects before you  drive. New drug drive legislation came into force in March 2015 which includes 8 prescription drugs and makes it easier for police to catch and convict drug drivers.

To find out more visit the following websites

Don't drive and use your mobile phone

You’re twice as likely to crash text driving as you are drink driving. You wouldn’t drink and drive. Don’t text and drive.

Watch the Department for Transport's Think Campaign video to find out the dangers of texting and driving.

Harsher penalties for texting and driving from March 2017

From 1 March 2017 the law changes, and drivers caught using handheld mobile phones will get a £200 penalty and 6 points on their licence.

A text message can wait. Ignoring the law can have life changing consequences.

Drivers who passed their test in the last 2 years, who are caught using a phone when driving, will now lose their licence.

Useful websites

To find out more visit

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Drive Start

Drive Start is for 15 to 19 year olds who are applying for a provisional driving licence. Our Drive Start pre-driving course includes:

  • How to apply for a licence, the highway code and the tests you will need to pass
  • Hazard Perception
  • How to operate a vehicle, and what manoeuvres make up part of the test
  • The costs of owning a car
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Scene Management - what to do if you break down or arrive at a collision

Drive Start dates

  • Thursday 21 February 2019, 10am to 3pm at Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL

 
To book go to the Drive Start website

Find out more useful information

Winter driving check list 

  • Check your tyres - correct tyre pressure for your car is on Tyre Safe website 
  • Make sure your windscreen and lights are clean
  • Keep an ice scraper and de-icer in your car
  • Pack an emergency kit including torch and batteries, warm clothes and blanket, boots, first aid kit, jump leads, mobile phone charger, and a drink, reflective warning triangle, shovel, road map, sunglasses and any medication you might need

Free winter car check

You can get a free winter car check at Tesco in Wokingham, on 16 January 2019, 11am to 3pm.

Visit the winter car check page to find out more.

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Training courses


Rules for riding a motorcycle

Visit the Gov.uk website motorcycle rules to find out about the rules for riding a motorcycle. 

Always wear a helmet. It could save your life.

To find out more about motorcycle helmets and the law see:


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The Home Safely on Safe Tyres campaign website highlights the importance of tyres in keeping drivers and their young passengers safe while on the roads. It also emphasises to all drivers entrusted with child care that it is their responsibility to check the condition of their car’s tyres.

Request a speed limit change

If you'd like a speed limit to be changed write to us at

Wokingham Borough Council
Traffic Management Team 
PO Box 153
Shute End
Wokingham
Berkshire
RG40 1WL

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