Changing driving habits to make county's roads safer
THE deaths of three people on Gloucestershire roads last weekend has prompted Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl to call a summit today.
Michal Sobolak, 31, from Cheltenham, was killed in a crash on Bath Road at 9.40pm on September 13.
Pete Gentil, 52, from Cirencester, was on the B4425 at Ampney Coln, near Bibury, when he was killed in a collision with a deer the following day.
And Katie Clutterbuck, 19, of Longlevens, was fatally injured after being hit by a taxi outside the Moon Under Water pub at 12.40am on September 15.
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Road safety partners from across the county are to brainstorm for a solution to deaths on our roads.
Here, Martin Surl explains why it is time to take action:
IN Gloucestershire, 482 people have been killed since the start of the millennium, more than the number of British soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan.
Last year, 33 people were killed in preventable accidents. 222 were seriously injured and another 1,191 incurred 'minor' injuries. That is the equivalent of four motoring casualties every day.
And yet our roads are among the safest in the UK.
Our figures are well within the Government's target of a 40 per cent reduction in deaths and serious injury by 2020.
So it was against that background that the events of last weekend taught us we cannot afford to be complacent.
The Police and Crime Plan, my blueprint for making Gloucestershire a better place to live over the next three years, prioritises safe and social driving.
That means changing the habits of motorists so that they use the roads for their own purpose without affecting or imposing on others and I have asked our Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall to take responsibility for introducing measures that will bring this about.
Other statistics show one in five drivers crash within their first year of driving and one in three drivers aged 17-20 crash within the first two years of passing their test.
I want young people to develop good habits before they take to the roads.
With that in mind, I want all young people in Gloucestershire to have some form of tuition or quality experience that will ingrain the road safety message before they leave secondary school.
Those between 17-24 who fail to heed that message and offend can expect to be prosecuted, but will also receive some other form of relevant intervention.
I want to project a similar message through pre-retirement courses, organisations like the WI and the Safe Driving with Age group (SAGE) that was pioneered in our county, is copied in other parts of the country and exemplified by the Government.