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
'Ello, 'ello, 'ello - the PCC is coming to a village near you
It’s an ill wind – PCC cuts cost of driver re-training
Projects supported under safe and social driving
Young Drivers RoadsmartGloucestershire Institute of Advanced MotoristsCoaching subject’s driving skills in accordance with IAM RoadSmart Advanced Driving Course defined standards to reach that required for the IAM RoadSmart DVSA IMI approved Advanced Driving test.
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.
Standish - Feasibility StudyStandish Parish CouncilA feasibility study to explore route options; create a recommended route; take account of landowner negotiations; investigate suitable surface options etc.; cost the implementation of the route; and form the basis for raising the funds needed to take the project forward.
Mobile Speed EnforcementGloucestershire Constabulary & Road Safety PartnershipTo provide a more holistic approach to speed enforcement and be far more in line with community concerns about speed in inner city and village locations.
Stonehouse Social Cohesion ProjectStonehouse Community PartnershipAn innovative five-year project for Stonehouse Town district designed to develop, promote and encourage community cohesion whilst nurturing an appreciation of local heritage, culture and environment. Collaborative working partnerships will be the catalyst for social cohesion, economic and environmental regeneration.