Chief Fire Officer, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service
What are the key requirements for the safe and social driving priority?
- That people are able move around our communities in safety and with as much ease and convenience as possible
- That the police will enforce the law when necessary, but we will all work to reduce offending and antisocial driving
How priority lead Steward Edgar is going to deliver the safe and social driving priority
This is a brief introduction into how work is developing under ‘Safe and social driving’ and if you want more details, you can find it in what we call the Delivery Plan here.
It is my responsibility to see that the aim of the ‘Safe and social driving’ priority is fulfilled. As the Police and Crime Commissioner has pointed out, it is the only priority where lives are lost. We are dedicated to doing all we can, by working closely with our partners to prevent this from happening.
Our approach is evidence-based and the areas we are targeting include:
- educating young road users through post 16 education and other agencies
- prevention work with older road users and our partners
- innovative and evidence based safe and social driving campaigns
- intelligence-based tasking and co-ordination of police resources and staff
- targeted road safety operations in areas of need
- continuation of a road safety academy which delivers training for our partners and communities
A Safe and Social Driving Coordinator has been appointed to facilitate the delivery of the plan. This involves multi-agency working with our partners, especially colleagues within Fire and Rescue and the police (including the Special Constabulary). The post also has strong working relationships with the voluntary and education sector. The role is to research, create, train and deliver education programmes which are innovative and individualized to our target audiences.
The Safe and Social Driving Coordinator is embedded in the Road Safety Partnership (RSP) that has its base in my Fire Service HQ. This role complements the partnership’s overall aim of reducing the number of people being injured on our roads, whether they drive, ride, cycle or walk. The RSP is effective; casualties in Gloucestershire have reduced by 57% during the past 10 years and not only does this remarkable achievement represent almost 10,000 fewer people being injured on our roads, the value of this prevention is nearly £250 million!
I am proud of the work that the RSP delivers and delighted that 'Safe and Social Driving' is an important part of what we all do for the safety of the community we serve.
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Projects supported under safe and social driving
Wheeled Respect - Road SafetyGloucestershire Special ConstabularyA team of Special Constables currently working with the Road Safety Partnership, Local Policing Teams and others, coordinate and deliver the Special Constabulary’s response to the PCC’s Priority Five. To do this, the Team operate best with video equipment for capture of evidence.
North Nibley Community Speed Awareness GroupNorth Nibley Parish Council• To lead to an overall reduction in vehicle speed through North Nibley • By volunteers providing a regular visible presence monitoring vehicle speed, drivers will become more aware of their speed and the dangers caused by speeding vehicles in a built up area. This will lead to North Nibley being a safer place for all.
Speed Gun - Forest of DeanGloucestershire ConstabularySpeed detection/monitoring device for the Forest Police, to enable local officers to fully support the safe & social driving aspect of the PCC’s plan.
Safer CommunitiesRodborough Road Safety Working GroupTo use new technology to control speeding. Mobile, cloud technology number plate recognition cameras, to control speed (camera manufactured by MAV Systems Ltd).
Cotswolds Community Safety PartnershipCotswolds District CouncilThis project encompasses a programme of activities identified by the partners within the Cotswold Community Safety Partnership (CSP) as part of their delivery plans for 2014/15 and onwards. Whilst the strands of the project differ, the overarching programme aims to coordinate partners’ activity to improve the quality of life for communities – including the most vulnerable residents – by providing opportunities and support for people to make social connections, build awareness of key safety and wellbeing messages and make a positive contribution to their community.