New 'Jockey Matters' Road Safety Film Released
A new ‘Jockey Matters’ film entitled ‘Drive Smart, Stay Safe’ has been released today after being shown to an audience of Jump jockeys and Jockey Coaches at the BHA Jockeys Seminar in Wetherby.
The film, which has been produced by JETS and supported by All Sport Insurance, ERS and the Tom Maynard Trust, aims to highlight some of the key issues that jockeys face on the roads such as driving long distances when fatigued, speeding and mobile phone use.
The film features insightful contributions from senior Flat jockeys Paul Mulrennan and Stevie Donohoe as well as Jump jockey Lorcan Williams whilst Alan Daly gives his perspective as a former Flat jockey who now frequently attends road traffic collisions as part of his role as a firefighter with Surrey Fire & Rescue. All of the jockeys speak passionately about their experiences whilst driving and give some useful advice to other jockeys to help them stay safe on the roads.
As stated in the film and according to motor insurance specialists, ERS, jockeys are the fifth most likely occupation to have a road traffic accident and therefore it is important that they are educated about the key risks and possible consequences of being involved in an incident on the roads.
Lisa Delany, JETS Manager said, “Many jockeys have stated that the constant travelling is one of the hardest aspects of a jockey’s lifestyle. Jockeys start driving long distances at young ages and it’s vital that they’re educated about the key issues around driving in order to help minimise their chances of being involved in a road traffic incident.”
Amy Derham from All Sport Insurance said, “"All Sport and ERS are proud to be partnering with JETS on the Drive Smart film to highlight the importance of safety on the road. Just as it's vital that jockeys take steps to protect themselves against burn out and look after their own wellbeing, it's also important that they have the right motor insurance in place. Too often sportspeople get a raw deal on their insurance because their professions are automatically classified as 'high risk', that's why jockeys will benefit from using a specialist motor insurer."
The film will serve as an ongoing educational tool as part of the wider Jockey Training & Development Programme and be used as a discussion topic in the programme of Jockey Seminars for claiming jockeys. The Jockey Matters films can be viewed online at www.jets-uk.org/jockeymatters where jockeys can also find contacts for the wide range of support that is available to them.