First Lincolnshire Road Safety Summit “a great success”
On Friday 3rd November 2017 Lincolnshire’s first ever Road Safety Summit was held at Belton Woods Hotel in Grantham.
Around 100 delegates attended the summit, which was organised by the Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones and the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership.
The summit highlighted a number of innovative road safety practices, including ‘Operation Snap’ which was launched two years ago in Wales. Operation Snap is an initiative allows the public to share dashcam footage on a special secure website so that police can investigate driving offences.
Other innovations highlighted at the conference included a project run in Stockholm which used fines from traffic offences to fund a prize draw for drivers identified as sticking to speed limits.
Minister of Transport John Hayes, MP, told the audience that autonomous vehicles may represent “the biggest contribution to road safety we have ever seen”.
Mr Hayes is currently guiding the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill through Parliament and said insurers had already indicated that automated cars will reduce accidents by 90 percent.
Deputy Chief Constable Craig Naylor, who is chair of the LRSP, told the delegates that it was crucial to focus on the four pillars of engineering, education, enforcement and evaluation.
“Evaluation is often forgotten but is critical to success. We have limited resources and must make sure we focus on the most effective solutions,” he said.
The summit was also used to launch the new enhanced Community Speed Watch Scheme.
Under the scheme residents will be given appropriate training and radar guns to check the speed of passing motorists. Drivers caught speeding by the volunteers will be sent a warning letter and road safety advice, with repeat offenders getting a visit from police.
“The summit has been a great success,” said the Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones.
“I am very confident the event has been a huge step forward in better understanding the issues and challenges that we face but, more importantly, some great ideas about we might tackle them.
“Now all the partners involved need to process the wealth of information and ideas presented and put together a comprehensive and cogent plan to address to keep our road users safe.
“It will be important for us to keep in focus the fact that every road death we eliminate from the work done as a result of the summit will save a family from terrible suffering.”
To see what people said about the event, click here to read the #LRSS twitter feed.