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.
Safe and social driving news
Drivers still ignoring ‘no mobile when you’re mobile’ message
School’s out as Farmors’ students get ‘Drive for Life’ lessons instead
Fairford secondary gets full marks for road safety lessons
Martin's thoughts on safe and social driving
I agree there should be stiffer penalties for phoning behind the wheel
Why I'm pledging another £1million to community projects
Surprise, surprise - politician wants to throw the baby out with the bathwater
Projects supported under safe and social driving
Community EngagementTewkesbury Community Safety Partnership - CSPTo be able to promote the services of agencies to communities of interest such at the elderly, young people etc and to take note of their concerns. To gather the issues, concerns and comments they raise to inform project development and service delivery at a local level. To promote the positive aspects of talking to agencies. To reduce the fear of crime, reduce the sense of isolation in these communities, encourage reporting whether crime reporting or other. To gain a better understanding of the needs of the local community and identify isolated pockets with disproportionately high concerns and help to manage them.
Community Safety & EngagementForest of Dean Community Safety Partnership - CSPTo extend the hours of the existing community engagement team to be able to coordinate partners and communities to specifically tackle community safety issues by building on what already exists both within the team in knowledge, experience, skills and commitment within the community by identifying community assess and developing them.
CARS ProjectGloucestershire Rural Community Council - GRCCThe CARS Project aims to involve Gloucestershire parishes in moving forward actions to improve driver behaviour and road safety in their own community. It will address the mis-match between community expectations of what statutory authorities can do to address road safety issues and what is actually possible for those authorities in an environment of decreasing resources. The project will complement work undertaken by the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership Team.
Safe & Social Driving CoordinatorRoad Safety Partnership - RSPThe project aims to deliver quality road safety - the coordinator post will deliver and support this.
Speed Gun - GloucesterGloucestershire ConstabularyThe aim is to try and reduce the amount of speeding vehicles in these areas.