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24th May, 2022

New road safety plans set ambitious target for Warwickshire roads

NEW safety plans aim to reduce road deaths and injuries in Warwickshire by half.

Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership (WRSP) has today published the Warwickshire Road Safety Strategy, setting a target to reduce deaths and serious injuries on county roads by 50 per cent by 2030.

Its publication follows a public consultation which looked at attitudes to road safety and measures needed to make highways safer.

It refers to a ‘safe systems approach’ which is built on four principles – people making mistakes leading to crashes, vulnerability to injuries (including fatal), the shared responsibility of road safety and the strengthening of awareness of these points.

Organisers say this means, in the event of an accident the transport system needs to be managed so the roads, roadsides, the vehicles, the speeds and human behaviour should all work together to increase the protection. If one is weak the other systems should come together to protect that person from serious harm.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner and partnership chair Philip Seccombe said: “In Warwickshire the ambitious target of a 50 per cent reduction in road deaths and serious injuries means 183 fewer people killed or seriously injured on our roads by 2030.

“Talking about this target in real terms brings home how important it is that we reduce the numbers of people killed or seriously injured on our roads every year. Any number is too many and this new strategy is just the start of our journey towards ‘Vision Zero’ to eliminate fatal and serious casualties, and create a safe road environment that will encourage active and sustainable travel.”

To achieve the Safe Systems approach, WRSP has established working groups with performance indicators to look at all aspects of road safety to keep people safe.The working groups are Safe Road Users, Safe Vehicles, Safe Speeds, Safe Roads and Post Collision Response.

The groups will work together to improve the system and use all available data and evidence to determines initiatives needed in place.

Mr Seccombe added: “We are excited to be part of this new way of thinking to increase the layers of protection for road users, to strengthen the system and to help reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

“We can only do this if everyone plays their part, so please join us by doing your utmost to become a better road user and do everything you can to help prevent collisions from occurring.”

Visit www.warksroadsafety.org.uk for more information or follow @WarwickshireRoadSafety on Facebook and @WarksRoadSafety on Twitter.

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