‘Don’t let a road traffic collision ruin your summer,’ is the message from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service after a number of people had to be cut out of vehicles in July.
Over the last financial year the service attended more than 500 road traffic collisions and the NFRS Road Safety Team is urging people to drive carefully and ensure they don’t become another statistic.
On Friday July 24 crews from Arnold and Blidworth - as well as a specialist rescue team from Highfields - attended an incident on the A6097 in Oxton.
This involved a car stuck in a ditch and a person had to be extricated from the vehicle by firefighters.
Less than 24 hours later on Saturday July 25, crews from Mansfield, Edwinstowe and Warsop - with assistance from a specialist rescue team from Tuxford - extricated two casualties from overturned vehicles after a collision involving a car and a van on Peafield Lane, Mansfield Woodhouse.
“Cars provide people with a great deal of freedom, and this is especially so at this time of year when people are going off on holiday,” said station manager Matt Reavill, the service’s lead on road safety.
“Unfortunately, the alarming number of incidents over this last weekend shows just how many road traffic collisions are occurring across the county.
“Sadly, a large number of collisions that we attend are avoidable and attributed to driver error - most of them are down to distraction and lack of concentration in particular.”
On Sunday July 26 NFRS firefighters were back on Peafield Lane, Mansfield Woodhouse after a tree fell onto a car. Crews from Mansfield, Edwinstowe and a Specialist Rescue Team from Tuxford rescued a woman from the vehicle.
Later that evening the service was called to an incident on Manvers Street, Sneinton, involving two cars in collision. Crews from Central and Highfields extricated a man from a vehicle. Another man had been released from a vehicle prior to firefighters arriving on scene.
“Being injured or worse, having to pay expensive repair bills and having your insurance premiums increase can all put a big dent in those holiday plans you have been making all year. All we ask is that people drive carefully and follow our basic advice so that they can enjoy their holidays,” added Matt Reavill.
Following the revent incidents across Nottinghamshire, the service is asking people to stick to the basic rules of safe motoring. This includes always wearing a seatbelt, driving at the appropriate speed and never driving under the influence of drink and drugs.