Road Safety Week (18-24 November 2019) is the UK's biggest road safety event. It is coordinated annually by Brake, the road safety charity. 

With increased pedestrian deaths documented in recent years, and with 238 trauma incidents related to road traffic collisions that Devon's Air Ambulances alone attended in 2018, there is good reason to continue to promote awareness around road safety.

All sorts of people get involved with this campaign - nurseries, schools, youth clubs, army bases, community campaigners, employers, sports clubs, fire officers, police services, local authorities, paramedics and driving instructors.

How to get involved

As an Air Ambulance charity we will be raising awareness on our social channels over the course of the week. Often our critical care team is at the forefront of a road traffic collision, therefore support of the campaign is also support for our Charity.

Our supporters can also get on board by taking the Break Pledge. There is also an action pack featuring posters and other materials that can be used in work places and other community settings. Teaming up with others locally can also help raise visibility of the campaign in your area.

Stories: road traffic collision patients we've helped

There are, of course, a great many patients Devon Air Ambulance has assisted since its inception, and a high proportion of these trauma incidents we continue to attend are road traffic-related. 

Two of our long-term members of staff were former patients who experienced road traffic collisions and were attended by Devon's emergency helicopters. Read Chrissie's story and Sarah's story. Take a look at some of the other stories from patients we attended.

Sam's story - an airbase visit brings back memories

Hannah's story - from emergency surgery, to a happy anniversary

Daniel's story - A crash that inspired a new career

Lesley's story - From broken knees to a knees up

Alan's story - Patient raises over £2,00 twelve years after crash

Jamil's story - An unexpected ending to a local bike ride

Jack's story - A winning combination

Andy's story - Living life to the full

Faye's story - Faye clashes with boy racer

Richard's story - The 'golden hour' made a life-long difference

Paul's story - A short flight to recovery

Chris' story - from aquaplaning to helicopter

Harry's story - Cycle helmet saves Harry

5 safety tips for motorcycle riders

Did you know that due to patient confidentiality we don't know who it is we airlift? For this reason we only hear from the 15% of patients who elect to contact us. If you have been airlifted we would love to hear from you to see how you are now and to invite you to an airbase visit should you wish to. Contact our Patient Liaison Officer, Debbie Gregory on 01392 466666.