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'Fatal five' crash warning goes out to Cornwall

'Fatal five' crash warning goes out to Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 11:51am 19th July 2019. (Updated at 3:05pm 19th July 2019)

A warning goes out to Cornwall and Devon about the 'fatal five' causes of crashes as the big summer getaway gets underway.

Over 13 million car journeys are expected to be made this weekend according to the RAC, with 5.3 million of those on 'Frantic Friday' alone.

A large number of visitors are expected to flock to the Duchy and Devon with roads including the M5, A303, A38 and A30 due to be very busy.

Now our Police and Crime Commissioner has shared a series of tweets urging drivers to stay safe to help avoid any collisions.

These are the fatal five causes of serious collisions on our roads:

  • 1: Excessive or inappropriate speed: know the limits, check your speedo regularly, look for signs (especially at junctions), street lighting means 30mph unless it says otherwise
  • 2: Failure to wear seatbelts: By law you must wear a seatbelt where one is fitted. The driver is liable to prosecution if a child under 14 does not wear one or a child restraint as required
  • 3: Driving using a hand-held mobile phone: It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone or similar device while driving a vehicle or riding a motorcycle. If caught it's a minimum of six points and a £200 fine but you could go to court and be disqualified
  • 4: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs: Penalties for either are a 12-month driving ban, an unlimited fine and a criminal record. You can get up to six months in prison for some offences
  • 5: Careless and inconsiderate driving: There is no standard list that would be considered as careless or inconsiderate driving, however, the Highway Code provides good examples. In rain please leave extra stopping distance

"With record-level travellers hitting the road for the start of summer, drivers must be prepared for delays on popular routes.

"Although travel times are expected to increase throughout the weekend, Friday afternoon will be the worst time to be on the road as commuters mix with holiday travellers."

Trevor Reed, transportation analyst at INRIX

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