Improve your driving during National Road Victim Month

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DERBY and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership is urging people to ditch any bad driving habits they’ve developed during National Road Victim Month (August).

Partnership chairman Mike Ashworth said: “We’re asking people to reflect on their driving style during National Road Victim Month. It’s easy to fall into bad habits which could cost lives.

“Take a long hard look at your driving. Identify any risks you take when you’re behind the wheel and make sure you avoid making the same mistakes in future.”

August was designated National Road Victim Month by the charity RoadPeace after Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a crash in 1997. She was killed on August 31 - the same day as the world’s first road death when Mary Ward was killed in Ireland in 1869. Britain’s first road death also occurred in August, when Bridget Driscoll was killed in Crystal Palace on August 17 1896.

On Saturday 13 August RoadPeace will be holding its annual ceremony of remembrance for road traffic victims at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire.