RSS data and communications
event filled to capacity


More than 80 colleagues joined together at the Road Safety Support (RSS) Data and Communications Meeting in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The event, which was filled to capacity, focused on the vital relationship between casualty data and communications in reducing deaths and injuries on the roads.

RSS Data Analyst Jan Sjorup kicked off the event, which took place on February 1, with a presentation about the extensive casualty data available on the RSS members’ website. He urged members to log in and access the variety of local and national data, maps and reports provided on the site as part of the RSS membership package.

Colleagues from the Department for Transport (DfT) played a key role in the event.

Delegates were updated on the CRASH collision recording system by Steve Smith, CRASH Project Manager, and Glyn Wallis-Jones, Police Liaison Officer, at the DfT.

Stephen Reynolds, Head of Road Safety Statistics (pictured above), then spoke about the police collision reporting form, STATS19, and the introduction of sub-divisions to the serious injury category.

Nigel Williams, Statistician at the DfT, then led a workshop entitled ‘Shaping STATS19’ in which delegates were invited to share their views about the form and recommend improvements.

Delegates also heard from Andrew Wright, Strategic Analyst and Rhiannon Leeds, Partnership Coordinator, from Lancashire Road Safety Partnership, explained how data drives partnership activity in their county. They outlined their ‘People + Plans + Problems = Purpose’ approach to reducing casualties on Lancashire’s roads.

Will Cubbin, Data Analyst and Caroline Spencer, Communications Officer, from the Safer Essex Roads Partnership, explained how they use data and communications to target young powered two wheeler riders (P2W).

Three RSS members travelled all the way from Hong Kong to attend the meeting. We were delighted to welcome Chief Superintendent Martin Cadman, Senior Inspector Kerry Ku and Senior Inspector Calvin Chow Fu Sun from the Hong Kong Police Force to the event.

It was also a pleasure to see Mark Doherty, Partnership Manager and Sinead Drumm, Statistician, from the Northern Ireland Road Safety Partnership. 

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