Road safety charity, Brake, has launched a campaign calling on drivers to turn off their phones and ‘tune in’ to road safety during Road Safety Week (18-24 November).

The ‘tune in’ campaign is urging road users to avoid distractions, including the use of mobile phones, while driving, walking, cycling and skating, and to keep focussed on the road.

The week-long event, supported by thousands of schools, organisations and communities, aims to highlight the dangers of driving while distracted and encourage individuals to take action on road safety.

Thompsons Solicitors is a long-standing advocate of Brake, and has strong links with other road safety charities and organisations including RoadPeace and The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

David Robinson, Chair of RoadPeace in the North East and a solicitor who specialises in serious road traffic accident claims at Thompsons, said: “Recent figures from the Department for Transport suggest that road casualty figures have decreased since 2012, but the fact is that fatalities and serious injuries are still far too high. Just look at the cycling deaths in London in the last few days, another one on Monday this week.

At Thompsons, we see firsthand the consequences of serious road traffic collisions, which sadly, are often caused by a lack of road safety awareness.

“Hands on the wheel, eyes on the road in front and think bike is the message for all road users in Road Safety Week. Consciously taking extra care on the roads is the best way for motorists to help all those who they share the road with.”