PCC supports road safety initiative for motorcyclists

As the weather improves and the days get longer, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore is calling for all road users, particularly motorcyclists to look out for one another on Suffolk’s roads.
To support motorcycle safety in the county the PCC has allocated £1,325 from his Police and Crime Plan Fund to support a CRASH card initiative, supported by Suffolk RoSPA Advanced Motorcyclists (SRAM).
The idea of the CRASH card is simple but effective. Motorcyclists place a sticker on their helmet, which is the event of an accident indicates to paramedics that there is a card inside their crash helmet which has next of kin details and the rider’s key medical details, providing vital information for ambulance crews. The card also gives safe riding tips which help raise awareness and help with casualty reduction.
Tim Passmore said, “Keeping our roads safe is extremely important for all road users and that includes pedestrians. I have provided grants to provide motorcycle training, supported speed watch initiatives in our villages and funded ROSPA motorcycle CRASH cards to help identify motorcyclists in collisions. Each of these projects contributes to my Police and Crime Plan objectives to make Suffolk a safer place to live, work, travel and invest.”
The CRASH card scheme was originally created by the Ambulance Motorcycle Club in 2009 and has received many awards including the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in 2011 for the contribution it has made to road safety.
Over the past two and half years the PCC has funded various road safety initiatives to support road safety and make Suffolk’s roads safer. He also supports the Constabulary’s campaign to encourage motorcyclists to ride defensively and expect the unexpected.
The PCC added, “Road safety is the responsibility of every one of us whether we are on four wheel, two wheels or on foot, it is also important that agencies responsible for road safety work together.
“I am a member of the RoadSafe group, made up of the PCC, Suffolk Police, Suffolk Fire and Rescue and the county council has devised an action plan that encompasses education, training, enforcement and raising awareness to prevent collisions and reduce the severity of injury in crashes.“
Suffolk RoSPA Advanced Motorcyclists is currently distributing the CRASH Cards to motorcycle related outlets across the county. Riders can find out where to collect a CRASH Card from by visiting www.s-ram.org.uk and following the link to the news page.