Cheltenham in spotlight over road deaths
GLOUCESTERSHIRE Road Safety Partnership will draw up a plan of action to promote safe driving, with an emphasis on Cheltenham and its vibrant night-time economy.
It follows a bleak weekend in which three people were killed, bringing the number of deaths on Gloucestershire’s roads since the start of the millennium to 482.
Speaking after a meeting of key members of the partnership, the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Martin Surl, said: “The partnership leaders were united in their determination to make Gloucestershire’s roads as safe as possible.
“The partnership, which includes the police, fire service and county council, is looking to put together some operations focused on Cheltenham’s night-time economy in the coming weeks.
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“It will concentrate, particularly, on the ‘fatal four’ of road accidents – speeding, drink-driving, using a mobile phone and failing to wear a seat belt.”
The partnership will also be contacting doorstaff, licensees, taxi drivers, the borough council and others to help get the message across.
“We’re still committed to education as our first tool in the box but, let’s be clear, that anyone who fails to heed the message and offend will be liable to prosecution,” said Mr Surl.
Making Gloucestershire’s roads safer is one of the Commissioner’s main priorities and he has already invested heavily in a number of schemes to provide better training for young drivers and improve road safety.
“The Police and Crime Plan, my blueprint for making Gloucestershire an even better place to live over the next three years, prioritises safe and social driving.”
There were three fatal accidents on Gloucestershire roads the weekend before last – the causes of which have not been established.
Michal Sobolak, 31, from Cheltenham, was killed in a crash on Bath Road at 9.40pm on Friday, 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 on Saturday, September 14.
And Katie Clutterbuck, 19, of Longlevens, was fatally injured after a collision with a taxi outside the Moon Under Water pub at 12.40am on Sunday, September 15.