Warning to High Peak motorists as firefighters take strike action

High Peak motorists are being urged to take extra care on the roads today as firefighters stage a four-hour strike in a row over pensions.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) will still be providing an emergency response service during the strike period between 12 noon and 4pm but this will be at a reduced level so motorists are being urged to help prevent emergencies from occurring.

Road users are asked to consider the following advice and information prior to any journey:

• Reduce your speed – speed is a major factor in fatal road accidents.

• Beware of the conditions – Drive carefully during bad weather.

• Don’t use your mobile phone – You are four times more likely to crash causing injury or death if you do.

• Don’t drink and drive.

• Always wear a seatbelt – You are twice as likely to die if you don’t.

• Watch out for cyclists and pedestrians – Keep a look out for other road users at all times.

• Don’t drive when tired – 20 per cent of accidents on major roads are due to tiredness.

• Finally check your vehicle before every journey, particularly your tyres.