While road casualties have been reducing regularly across the whole of the United Kingdom over a number of years, recent evidence would suggest that this trend may be reducing. In Warwickshire there were 34 deaths and 261 people seriously injured in collisions on our roads in 2017. Work to reverse this trend involves a mix of education, enforcement and engineering activity.
Looking ahead, it is a fact of life that traffic volume has grown on our road networks. Driver behaviour it seems has too often become more risky. There are new threats to battle. Drug-related driving and distraction by mobile devices are typical and now well documented. Modern day pressures and economic life it seems can cause drivers and road users to make wrong decisions, especially in relation to speed management. Particularly in Warwickshire we have new housing development and the arrival of HS2, which will add extra pressures to our roads infrastructure.
To combat these issues, the Commissioner is working closely with the police and other other partners and organisations who engage and specialise with road safety work. Such agencies include the Department for Transport, National Police Chiefs Council, Warwickshire County Council, district and borough councils in Warwickshire, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, Highways England and Brake. The Commissioner is also a member of the Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership, which reports to the Safer Warwickshire Board, to ensure that road safety is always a priority in Warwickshire and is supported and endorsed at a strategic level.
In 2017 tragically, 34 people died on Warwickshire roads whilst 261 were seriously injured – this is a casualty rate that should not be accepted and I am committed to trying as hard as I can to reduce these statistics and the associated terrible human cost. With the road safety funds that I have available I am determined to work with our partners and achieve the correct blend of education, enforcement and engineering initiatives to make our roads safer. These initiatives are always considered and formulated following careful analysis of roads policing intelligence and collision data. I will always be evidence-led to ensure that funds I invest on behalf of Warwickshire communities and road users stands the greatest chance of success.
– Warwickshire PCC Philip Seccombe
Safer Roads Partnership
The Safer Roads Partnership is a joint force team for both Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police and its remit is to control and co-ordinate the delivery of the police’s Casualty Reduction and Road Safety Strategy.
The Partnership works with thirteen other public sector organisations with the combined aim of reducing the number of casualties and deaths caused by road collisions. The Partnership works to reduce collisions and casualties on the roads through speed enforcement, road safety education, training courses and awareness raising campaigns.
For more information on the Safer Roads Partnership, including information on campaigns, speed enforcement activity and answers to some frequently asked questions, visit the Safer Roads Partnership website.