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Safe & Social Driving Coordinator:
Joanne Arnold

Priority lead:


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 the priority lead 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 the responsibility of the priority lead 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 a joint position between us based at Police HQ, and the Fire Service in the neighbouring building. 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. Work in this area over recent years has been 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!

Safe and social driving

Priority delivery plan

If you would like to read the delivery plan, please click on the icon below

Projects supported under safe and social driving

  • Gloucestershire Rural Community Council - GRCC
    The 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.
  • Standish Parish Council
    A 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.
  • Rudford and Highleadon Parish Council
    To purchase a VAS (Vehicle Activated Sign) to to reduce the number of shunt accidents and near misses at this (Highleadon) junction; to reduce the number of accidents and near-misses at the Buuttermilk Lane and Chruch Lane junctions.
  • Gloucestershire Constabulary
    School parking is always an issue with children's safety being the biggest concern. The pupils will become those enforcing the safety message to parents and members of their community as well as being educated in school to pass on the safety advice. The Mini Coppers will patrol and monitor the situation hopefully having a positive outcome on the situation.
  • Cheltenham and Cotswold Advanced Motorcyclists
    Provision of the IAM Roadsmart Advanced Motorcycle training course. The 'Young Rider RUup4it' project seeks to appeal to the younger Motorcyclist by providing financial assistance towards the cost and breaking down the perception that the Advanced Course is only for older more experienced riders.
Page last updated: 08 October 2018