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A Day in the life of a Roads Safety Officer

December 12th 2014 | Philip Blake

I’m not sure there is a typical day in my life; this is a brilliant job that’s really varied and interesting and where I get to meet loads of people from 5 years old to the other end of the scale.  It involves lots of talking, something I like to do.

I start work at 8am and like most people I have a look at my emails, listen to my voice mails and see if there is anything I need to deal with urgently.  I’ve been to a road safety conference recently and there are a number of follow up emails from people and companies that I met whilst there.  One of the emails is from the JEP asking for an interview they want to include in a series of articles about the ‘effects of road accidents on people’.  Sounds like a great idea, I think when people read about a fatality on our roads it produces emotion and it does affect people, but when it is reported that people are injured and taken to hospital we quickly forget about them, and yet some of the injuries people suffer are life changing and an article like this from my perspective is really important to help focus people’s minds on driving more carefully.

While I am writing this, I’ve just received an email from Crimestoppers who are leading this year’s National anti-Drink Drive Campaign.  They are really keen for the public to call them with any suspicions they have that someone is a drink driver and they want me to give them a quote for their campaign.

 

My first meeting is at Education for a Safer Routes to School meeting.  This is a multi-agency group where various issues are raised.  A key objective for some of the Members is sustainable travel and encouraging more students to walk, cycle and take buses to school rather than a car journey.  Several projects have been launched over the past three years but they inevitably cause difficulties that need resolving and the group endeavours to help resolve some of these issues.  From my point of view, if we are encouraging pupils to travel in hopefully a more healthy and more sustainable way I need to make sure they have whatever training they need to keep them as safe as possible and give parents the confidence to let their children get involved.

After the meeting I’m off to an assembly at one of the primary schools to deliver a talk about ‘Be Safe, Be seen’. The schools have been great and really supportive of this important message.  I like technology and usually have a PowerPoint with films and photos.  Primary pupils are always lovely to talk to, they completely understand the messages and take it really seriously.  I’ve been doing the job quite a while now and it’s great when I get to talk to year 11 students who still remembers some of the assemblies I’ve done for them when they were at primary school.

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Back to the office for a sandwich and I get a call from a new mum who has just bought a new child seat and wants me to check it’s fitted correctly.

In the afternoon I head off to one of the secondary schools to do two inputs on drink and drug driving.  Very topical at this time of year and of great interest to teenagers who are experimenting with alcohol.  It’s always interesting to get the feedback from young people on this subject with what I hope is lots of bravado on how much they drink, but if true is quite worrying.  One of the ethical dilemmas I presented them with is whether you should report a friend who insists on driving their car home if you can’t get the car key off them.  It created a very lively debate from those who were all for it and others who saw it as ‘snitching’ and was a definite ‘no they wouldn’t’.  It gave a great opportunity to explore the subject of what is means to be a good citizen.

Back to the office to meet the new mum to check her car seat, It was fine, just needed tightening up a bit.  Answer yet more emails and phone calls and then time for home.

 

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