Cramlington company issues road safety warning to kids
A Cramlington haulage company has issued a summer safety warning to youngsters.
Moody Logistics is reminding children walking or playing near roads that a braking truck requires a much greater distance to stop.
The average stopping distance for a loaded HGV travelling at 50mph in dry conditions is 67 metres (220ft) compared to 53m (175ft) for a car travelling at the same speed.
Children under 15 are particularly vulnerable and account for a large percentage of road casualties.
Caroline Moody, Managing Director of Moody Logistics, said: “We want to highlight the simple fact that the weight and size of an HGV means it takes much longer to stop than a car.
“Our family-run company is part of the community and takes the issue of road safety very seriously. Our drivers are all highly trained and our fleet fitted with the latest safety aids.
“We are very much aware that over the school holidays children will be out enjoying themselves and may be distracted. We want them to stay safe by urging them to take extra care and treat the roads with respect, especially when they see a truck.”
She added that children must also be aware of an HGV’s blind spots, which are also much greater than that of a car.
“There has been some excellent work by manufacturers to improve visibility, but we also want to remind road users of a basic premise – if you can’t see the driver, they can’t see you.”
A spokesperson for Northumberland County Council added: “Any initiatives to educate people about road safety and reduce casualties has to be welcomed.
“We were one of the first local authorities in the UK to introduce new safety standards for our HGVs, including fitting vision aids and sensor alerts to eliminate blind spots and help detect the presence of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycles.
“We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable summer and would always urge people to be careful on and around our roads.”