A film designed to educate drivers on how to respond properly to emergency vehicles has been released by Northamptonshire Police.
The film was shot on Northamptonshire roads by the force as part of a campaign to improve safety levels on the county’s roads.
It will be premiered at the force’s road safety day at Silverstone on Sunday May 18, when police drivers will also take to the track to show members of the public how they drive in emergency situations and suggest how motorists should react.
Inspector Jen Helm from Northamptonshire Police said: “It can be quite disconcerting for drivers and riders when they’re faced with emergency vehicles with blue lights and sirens. This can result in some very sudden and unpredictable behaviour by members of the public.
“We all want to be as helpful as possible when encountering emergency vehicles and hopefully this awareness video will help people feel more confident and in control about how to do that.
“Even though emergency responders are highly trained, it’s important for the public to recognise that when they’re aware and respond effectively to such encounters, they have actively contributed to getting us as safely and quickly as possible to the people who need us.”
The Highway Code says drivers should keep a constant eye out for emergency vehicles and when one approaches, not panic but consider the route the vehicle will take and let it pass.
If necessary, vehicles should pull to the side of the road and stop, but try to avoid stopping before the brow of a hill, a bend or a narrow section of road.
The Highway Code also says drivers should not endanger themselves, other road users or pedestrians and avoid mounting the kerb. It also warns against braking harshly on the approach to a junction or roundabout.
The road safety day at Silverstone on Sunday runs from 10am until 4pm.
As well as 999 displays, attractions at the circuit will include the chance to have a ‘rookie ride’ in a car or on a motorbike, the re-enactment of a car crash rescue by the fire service and skid training sessions.
Entry to the circuit is free all day and parking is available at the track. Food will be on sale at the event, but people can also take picnics.
The events will be held on the Stowe Circuit, in the centre of the Formula 1 track.