2018 is Safest Year Ever On Dorset Roads

Since 2012, the number of people killed and seriously injured on Dorset’s roads has shown a sustained fall.

In 2012 it was 355, in 2018 with figures to be confirmed, it was 239, a reduction of slightly more than 32.

Slight or minor collisions have showed a similar reduction of a little over 30%.

An average of 378 people were killed or seriously injured on Dorset’s roads in the preceding 13 years (1999 – 2011), again showing a steady reduction to the present.

Chief Constable James Vaughan, Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill and Head of Roads Policing Chief Inspector Adrian Leisk have put the positive change down to active and intelligence led roads policing, investment of funds and resources and close partnership working.

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Broadstone Community Speed Watch Statistics – December 2018

Statistics for Broadstone Community Speed Watch during December 2018.

All the roads in the table below are authorised by Dorset Police for carrying out speed watches.

Location in Broadstone Total sessions Total Vehicles counted Total vehicles speeding
All roads (1st to 31st December 2018) 1 646 0
Higher Blandford Road 1 646 0

Broadstone Community Speed Watch Statistics – November 2018

Statistics for Broadstone Community Speed Watch during November 2018.

All the roads in the table below are authorised by Dorset Police for carrying out speed watches. Those roads with no data had no speed watches during the month.

 

Location in Broadstone Total sessions Total Vehicles counted Total vehicles speeding
All roads (1st to 30th November 2018) 8 2778 30
Higher Blandford Road 3 1994 0
Pinesprings Drive 5 784 30

Broadstone Community Speed Watch Statistics – October 2018

Statistics for Broadstone Community Speed Watch during October 2018.

All the roads in the table below are authorised by Dorset Police for carrying out speed watches. Those roads with no data are not shown for this month.

Location in Broadstone Total sessions Total Vehicles counted Total vehicles speeding
All roads (1st to 31st October 2018) 11 3996 46
Dunyeats Road 1 440 0
Higher Blandford Road 2 1409 21
Springdale Road 2 743 2
Pinesprings Drive 4 1277 19
Roman Road 1 63 3
Lancaster Drive 1 64 1

 

Broadstone Community Speed Watch Statistics – September 2018

Statistics for Broadstone Community Speed Watch during September 2018.

All the roads in the table below are authorised by Dorset Police for carrying out speed watches. Those roads with no data had no speed watches during the month.

Location in Broadstone Total sessions Total Vehicles counted Total vehicles speeding
All roads (1st to 30th September 2018) 12 4236 47
Higher Blandford Road 2 1156 8
Springdale Road 2 1231 12
West Way 1 195 2
Pinesprings Drive 4 1093 19
Roman Road 1 232 3
Lancaster Drive 1 168 3
Clarendon Road 1 195 2

 

Broadstone Community Speed Watch Statistics – August 2018

Statistics for Broadstone Community Speed Watch during August 2018.

All the roads in the table below are authorised by Dorset Police for carrying out speed watches. Those roads with no data had no speed watches during the month.

Location in Broadstone Total sessions Total Vehicles counted Total vehicles speeding
All roads (1st to 31st August 2018) 13 3318 95
Dunyeats Road 1 422 1
Higher Blandford Road 3 1223 24
Springdale Road 3 632 25
Pinesprings Drive 3 592 40
Lancaster Drive 1 72 1
Clarendon Road 1 166 4

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to one and all from Broadstone Community Speed Watch!

January is a month when we reflect on times past, seek new adventures and/or challenges, struggle to stick to New Year’s resolutions, avoid the bathroom scales etc, but the New Year also brings new opportunities. This is most definitely the case with Community Speed Watch.

In 2018, and for the second year in succession, BCSW completed more than 100 CSW operations, monitoring over 30,000 vehicle movements across our local roads. This is no mean feat when you consider that for much of the year we only drew from a pool of 10 volunteers. To continue to operate like this and unless we recruit new volunteers, we will risk losing the existing goodwill that enables us to operate.

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Broadstone Community Speed Watch – January 2019

‘Making Broadstone a safer place to live’

Your Broadstone Community Speed Watch team of volunteers would like to wish everyone residing in Broadstone a truly happy New Year, and may 2019 be your safest to date.

2019 may be a new year, yet many of the challenges we faced on a daily basis in 2018 will not have changed. More vehicles, motorcycles, cyclists and pedestrians competing for the same space. Patience and respect for each other will be ever more important.

Winter conditions will, as you might expect, challenge road users for some months to come so it will be ever important that you do whatever is necessary to ensure that, whatever the form of transport you use to move around in, both the transport and you are fit for purpose. In particular, and in an age where today’s vehicles tend not to be garaged overnight, there is the need to ensure that vehicle windscreens and windows are completely cleared of ice/frost/mist before setting off on your journey. Allow extra time for scraping off the ice etc, and allow extra time for your journey.

Wet and slippery road surfaces present their own challenges, and BCSW regularly observe and record vehicles speeding in just about all conditions. But it is often the case that, in addition to speeding, drivers are also observed tailgating the vehicle in front of them. Speeding and tailgating are equally inappropriate and dangerous but when combined are, especially in hazardous road conditions, potentially lethal. So please do observe the speed limits, and do leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

Finally, some more questions;-

  1. What distance do you cover in 1 second, in a vehicle travelling at 30 mph?
  2. What does a solid amber light mean at a set of traffic lights?
  3. At what age do you have to renew your driving licence?
  4. Name the five most common causes of collisions.

Answers to the above may be found on www.dorsetroadsafe.org.uk

Suggested New Year’s resolution – Drive safely and Drive well.

Happy New Year!

BCSW

Broadstone Community Speed Watch – December 2018

‘Making Broadstone a safer place to live’

Broadstone Community Speed Watch is celebrating its second Christmas since it was relaunched in May 2017 and we would like to wish all Broadstone residents, whether supporters or not, a very Merry Christmas.

The last 12 months has seen us build on the achievements of the previous year, and Dorset Police tell us that our efforts are having a beneficial effect in terms of reduced numbers of drivers speeding on our local roads. Whilst much of this may be down to the regular operations run by your BCSW team, credit must also go to those responsible members of the driving public who are making changes to their driving behaviour. So, a sincere thank you to all those drivers who have contributed to this encouraging result.

To residents who have come to talk with us at the roadside, we would say a heartfelt ‘thank you’. We will always be happy to listen to your questions and concerns, and to do what we can to help.

To those drivers who wave, smile, give us the ‘thumbs up’ – thank you. You are our motivation.

To those who do not agree with what we do, please engage with us. We will always be happy to listen to your concerns too.

Now, in some households, there may be periods of time on Christmas day when folk relax to recover from the excitement, and some indulge in a quiz. So here are some questions to test the drivers in your family/friends –

  1. On what type of roads do most collisions occur?
  2. What is the cause of 98% of collisions?
  3. What is the minimum recommended following distance in a motor vehicle, in good conditions?
  4. How do you know when the speed limit is 30 mph?
  5. Using a mobile phone whilst driving increases your chance of having a collision by how many times.

Answers to the above, and more, may be found on www.dorsetroadsafe.org.uk. – section 29.

Remember it is better to arrive late, than to be late!

Drive well, drive safely.