Accident Increase Rate Causes Ambulance Service To Urge Drivers to Take More Care

Road users are being urged to take extra care following a spate of traffic collisions in the region.

On 27th July, the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) attended 61 emergency calls to road traffic collisions, compared with 49 on the same day in 2014.

Call handlers have dealt with 1,379 calls to similar incidents across the East of England this month, compared with 1,337 for the same period last year.

The Trust is urging road users to follow this advice to stay safe this summer:

  • Leave an appropriate distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead when driving
  • Learn an unfamiliar route beforehand to minimise reliance on your sat nav, which can cause drivers to swerve late or brake hard when correcting their direction of travel
  • Always stick to the speed limits
  • Check the weather forecast before you head out and drive to the road conditions
  • Be aware of other road users around you such as motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians
  • Avoid distractions when you are driving such as eating at the wheel, playing loud music, and using mobile phone devices
  • Take breaks on a long journey to avoid fatigue

County breakdown of road traffic collisions attended by EEAST by 27 July (compared with July 2014)

Bedfordshire 168 (152)

Cambridgeshire 204 (186)

Essex 392 (407)

Hertfordshire 238 (229)

Norfolk 205 (195)

Suffolk 165 (164)