10 years after the partnership was set-up to help reduce death and injury on the roads in Thames Valley, the latest casualty statistics show that we are indeed safer on the region’s roads.
The Department for Transport (DfT) will be releasing road casualty statistics for the whole of Great Britain today (24th July), and once again the results for the Thames Valley are the best that the Safer Roads Partnership has on record.
Over the last ten years road deaths have fallen by 53%, the total number of people hurt on the roads in Thames Valley is down by 31%, and the number of children injured down by 44%.
Speaking for the Safer Roads Partnership, Chairman Stephen Brown said:
“Over the last ten years we have seen enormous improvements in the safety of our road network and that is a great encouragement. However, if you are one of the 8,000 people injured on the region’s roads last year then this will come as little comfort, and we it owe to them to continue the hard work. We are committed to pressing ahead with our driver awareness programmes and excellent education schemes such as a Safe Drive Stay Alive.”
There have been some significant reductions in crashes resulting from dangerous driving behaviour too. Alcohol, drug and fatigue related crashes have all substantially reduced over the last ten years and serious collisions involving excessive speed are 58% lower than they were in 2000.
Looking at where the reductions have come from Richard Owen, Partnership Operations Manager said:
“There are many things that are contributing to safer roads, things like better road and vehicle design should certainly not be overlooked, but we have seen a cultural shift in the speeds that people drive at particularly in our towns and cities. The role of enforcement and education has undoubtedly changed the way we use the roads and made them safer for local communities.”
Earlier this month it was revealed that as the partnership continue to promote education more drivers are now choosing to attend a driver training course rather than receive penalty points.
Speaking for Thames Valley Police, Claire Benson, Head of Specialist Units commented
“Driver education has become a really important follow-up to enforcement. Our aim is to educate rather than alienate drivers and therefore allow them to have a better understanding of why and how their direct actions behind the wheel can affect the safety of themselves and others.“