Making Broadstone a safer place to live
A recent message from Martin Baker, Chair of Dorset Road Safe Tactical Group, stated that around 200 people are injured on our local roads each month. Across Dorset, road casualties cost the local economy around £160 million a year, of which at least £5 million directly impacts our NHS resources.
Statistics produced by the Department for Transport, in the Great Britain annual report for 2016, show that a total of 136,621 personal injury traffic accidents were reported to the Police. Of these reported accidents 1695 resulted in at least one fatality, an increase of 4% on 2015.
Fatalities by road user type in 2016:-
- Car occupants 46%
- Pedestrians 25%
- Motorcyclists 18%
- Cyclists 6%
In addition to the above the number of motorists found guilty in court of speeding rose sharply in the last 12 months. The number of convictions has risen by 28%, the highest increase since 2005.
Put this against a background where if you are caught speeding you will get three penalty points on your license and a fine which could be up to 150% of your weekly wage. The maximum fine is £1,000 for most roads, rising to £2,500 for excessive speeding on a motorway.
Penalty points on your license will also impact on insurance premiums.
Yet, and despite the above, the question most often addressed to Broadstone CSW members by motorists and others is ‘Why are you here?’.
The answer to that is Community Speed Watch was set up to enable communities themselves to contribute to:-
- Reducing death and injury on the roads in their own community,
- Improving the quality of life for road users and residents alike,
- Increasing awareness of local speed limits,
- Encouraging positive changes in driver behaviour.
Broadstone Community Speed Watch activities are not carried out so as to ‘interfere’ with drivers’ behaviour, but are a proactive approach to improving the safety and quality of life for all road users, and others living and working in and around our own community.
Please help us to make 2018 our safest year yet!
Broadstone Community Speed Watch