Making a Stand Against Road Deaths with RoadPeace Challenge

Monday, May 13, 2024

Officers and Staff from West Yorkshire Police will be collectively running, walking, cycling or horse riding 1,766 miles this week as part of a charity challenge to raise awareness of road safety.  

The aim is to honour the 1,766 people who were killed on the UK’s roads in 2022.

From today (13/5) until Sunday (19/5) officers and staff from across the Force will take part in this year’s national RoadPeace Challenge.

The event is backed by both the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the National Fire Chiefs’ Council.   

It’s mission is to bring together the emergency services, bereaved families, businesses, schools and communities – to make a united stand against road death and injury.

Officers will be logging their activity in a bid to countdown from 1,766 miles down to zero as a reflection of the Force’s commitment to Vision Zero.

Chief Inspector James Farrar, Head of West Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “I’m proud that so many officers and staff from across the Force have chosen to raise awareness of road safety by signing up for the RoadPeace Challenge.”

“As a Roads Policing officer I have, on too many occasions, experienced firsthand the unimaginable trauma and heartache such loss has on families, friends and communities.’’

“This challenge provides an opportunity to remember and honour the 1,766 people who died on the UK’s roads in 2022.”

“That’s 1,766 too many deaths and that is why as a Force we are committed to reducing road deaths as part of West Yorkshire’s Vision Zero strategy, which is committed to reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads by 50 per cent by 2030, and to zero by 2040.”  

65 people died on the roads of West Yorkshire in 2022, which a further 1,348 people were seriously injured as a result of collisions.

Find out more about the Road Peace Challenge here: The RoadPeace Challenge - RoadPeace

Image
News type
Area