Free road safety event at Silverstone

Thousands of people are expected to attend a major free event at Silverstone this weekend which has been designed to boost road safety standards across Northamptonshire.

The famous circuit will be alive with action from 10am until 4pm on Sunday, May 18 with activities including demonstrations of 999 pursuits by police officers, re-enactments of car crash rescues by fire fighters and the chance for people to take part in ‘taster sessions’ on bikes and in cars.

Inspector Jen Helm from Northamptonshire Police said: “The aim of the day is to show road safety is not boring, it’s fascinating. It’s about skill and sound judgement.

“It’s about what we do and why, and how we interact with an often dangerous and unforgiving territory.

“But moreover, this is an opportunity for the whole family to explore and learn more about road safety in a really entertaining environment.”

More than 30 activities will be available at the circuit throughout the day.

Visitors will also have the chance to win a ride in a converted Formula 1-style car and have the opportunity to ride in a police car during a mock-999 run.

Activities for children will include bicycles specifically designed for toddlers, electric go-karts and a bicycle-powered Scalextric track.

The national lead for roads policing, Suzette Davenport, said: “I believe this event will make a real difference in raising awareness of the significant harm caused through road traffic collisions.

“It’s an excellent event which will allow visitors to participate in a variety of activities at the iconic Siverstone circuit. It will also provide a platform for people to build on their driving knowledge and experience as the force strives to enhance safety on the county’s roads.”

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.