County highways back life saving techology

PUBLISHED: 12:46 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:52 10 June 2010

COUNTY highways bosses have backed new cutting-edge driving technology that could save ten lives a year in Devon.

COUNTY highways bosses have backed new cutting-edge driving technology that could save ten lives a year in Devon.

At the county council's Devon Drivers Centre at Clyst St Mary, motorists road tested the life saving vehicle technology, Electronic Stability Control.

The campaign, is part of the government backed Driving for Better Business programme, instigated to reduce the number of at-work accidents.

The Department of Transport says ESC, which prevents cars skidding sideways, could prevent 1,000 accidents and save 390 lives around the UK if fitted as standard to all cars.

ESC, invented by Bosch just over a decade ago, was demonstrated to a number of motorists from the county at the Devon Drivers' Centre

"Devon County Council has been recognised a Beacon council in the field of road casualty reduction", said Jeremy Phillips, the Devon County Council's Road Safety Officer.

"Devon recognises that single vehicle loss of control (SVLoC) collisions are part of the casualty reduction challenge - especially in a rural county where these types of crashes can be more common.

"As part of our efforts to meet this challenge we are engaged in a rural road safety demonstration project called Country Mile.

"The Choose ESC message will form part of that project, in recognition of the important role that in-vehicle technologies have in supporting our work on improving driving standards."

ESC is an active safety system that monitors the direction of the vehicle 25 times a second.

If it senses that the vehicle is moving in a different direction than that required by the driver, the technology intervenes instantly by breaking the relevant wheels thereby bringing the vehicle back under control.

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