Free event to improve road safety in Northants

The event is being held at Silverstone
The event is being held at Silverstone
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A major event designed to raise road safety standards in the county will be held at Silverstone later this month.

Experts from Northamptonshire Police, the fire service and the county’s highways department have teamed up to organise Get Road Smart@Silverstone, a free event designed to increase residents’ road safety awareness and build on the work already carried out to make the county’s roads among the safest in Britain.

Inspector Jen Helm from Northamptonshire Police said: “This special one day event is an opportunity for the whole family to explore and learn more about road safety in a really unique and entertaining environment.

“We hope these out-of-the-ordinary activities and experiences, which have been designed to increase road safety awareness, will help members of the public become part of our county’s commitment to making Northamptonshire’s roads the safest in the country.”

The event will be held at the Silverstone circuit on Sunday, May 18, from 10.30am until 4pm.

Entry to the track, which is the home of the British Grand Prix, will be free to everyone.

Attractions will include a competition to win a passenger ride around Silverstone in a converted Formula 1-style car, opportunities for riders and drivers of different ages to take vehicles around the circuit and get guidance on their driving skills, a hydraulic car crash simulator, police pursuit demonstrations and rescue demonstrations by the fire brigade.

Further attractions designed for children will include bicycles designed specifically for toddlers, a bicycle-powered Scalextric track and face painting.

Drivers will also have the chance to use remote controlled cars while wearing ‘beer goggles’ and safety experts will check child car seats to make sure they are safe and installed correctly.

Get Road Smart@Silverstone has been organised as part of Operation Journey, Northamptonshire Police’s campaign to make the county’s roads the safest in the country.