BTCC: Top drivers sign up for road safety campaign

Green Flag BTCC stars sign up to road safety campaign. Top drivers will put aside rivalries on the eve of the Scottish rounds of the Green Flag 2002 MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) to pledge support for a campaign to reduce child...

Green Flag BTCC stars sign up to road safety campaign.

Top drivers will put aside rivalries on the eve of the Scottish rounds of the Green Flag 2002 MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) to pledge support for a campaign to reduce child death and injuries on the roads.

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2002
Time: 5.30pm
Venue: Paddock area (opposite TOCA Radio Unit) Knockhill Racing Circuit, on the A823 north of Dunfermline.

The racing stars will sign up to support this year's Road Safety Week campaign that takes place across the country September 23-29 and includes launches in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Road Safety Week is an annual event, coordinated by Brake and supported by businesses and government that helps communities to stage events and activities that make the streets they live and work in safer places for all road users, through educational and promotional activities. The theme for Road Safety Week 2002 is Safe Streets - focussing on reducing the numbers of children injured or killed in road accidents.

The Green Flag BTCC drivers will join other sports people such as four-times Superbike champion Carl Fogarty and the Sydney Olympics medal-winning rowing eight to encourage drivers to sign up to The Pledge to Drive Safely. The pledge consists of a series of promises to remind drivers to put safety first every time they drive.

British Touring Car Championship sponsor, Green Flag Motoring Assistance, continues its three-year association with Road Safety Week and has joined other major UK companies to support this year's events.

Green Flag sponsorship manager, Nick Page said:

"The BTCC competitors are experts at what they do and although they thrill the crowds by sparring at high speeds, they operate in a controlled environment where the safety of drivers, spectators and everyone involved in staging the race is paramount. It is apt that, with 40,000 people killed or seriously injured on roads each year, racing drivers remind the rest of us that high-speed belongs on the track."

To get involved in Road Safety Week, contact Brake on 01484 559909 or log onto www.brake.org.uk.

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