Lincolnshire Road Safety
Road Safety Support (RSS) was pleased to be part of an event held in Lincolnshire, which called for action to be taken on the number of people tragically killed on the county’s roads each year.
Around 100 delegates attended Lincolnshire’s first Road Safety Summit, on November 3, which was organised by the Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones and Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership.
Adam Briggs, RSS Senior Advisor and a former Deputy Chief Constable, spoke about using enforcement and communications to effectively reduce deaths and injuries on the roads.
He urged Lincolnshire, and other forces in the UK, to adopt the Random Roadwatch approach to enforcement, where the operation of mobile safety cameras is randomised in time and location over a large part of the road network. He explained that, as a result, drivers are deterred from speeding because they believe that cameras may be in use on any route, at any time.
He also told the summit that as RSS members, the police and highway authorities in Lincolnshire have free access to a comprehensive range of localised casualty data on the Road Safety Support members’ website.
Other speakers at the event included the Rt Hon John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Transport; Teresa Healy and Steve Davies of Go Safe Wales, who spoke about using media files to prosecute motoring offences and Insp Phil Baker and Ian Swallow of Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, who talked about introducing community speedwatch.
Other presentations were delivered by Insp Jason Baxter, of Northamptonshire Police, about the use of special constables in roads policing and the audience saw a dramatic theatre performance from Lincolnshire’s 2Fast2Soon team, who perform in local schools to deliver road safety education.
After the summit, Marc Jones said: “I am very confident the event has been a huge step forward in better understanding the issues and challenges that we face but, more importantly, some great ideas about we might tackle them.
“Now all the partners involved need to process the wealth of information and ideas presented and put together a comprehensive and cogent plan to address to keep our road users safe.
“It will be important for us to keep in focus the fact that every road death we eliminate from the work done as a result of the summit will save a family from terrible suffering.”