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The county’s first ever road safety summit to address the rising problem of road deaths

  • Published: 05-09-2017 at 10:09

The county’s first ever road safety summit to address the rising problem of road deaths will take place this autumn.

The event has been organised at the bidding of the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones to examine innovative ways to tackle a problem which has plagued Lincolnshire for decades.

The summit will bring together experts, key stakeholders, community groups, charities and enforcement agencies to look at best practice and pioneering projects from around the UK and Europe.

Minister of State for Transport, John Hayes, will attend the conference on November 3, with a venue still to be confirmed.

It will focus on how road safety can be addressed through education, engineering and enforcement; examine projects that work and the specific challenges facing Lincolnshire.

Among the projects showcased at the event will be Lincolnshire’s Community Speed Watch, which has been running in the county since 2014, and has over 170 parishes in Lincolnshire taking part.

The project involves giving residents radar guns to check the speed of passing motorists at specific hot spots. Drivers caught exceeding the limit will receive a warning letter together with road safety advice.

Fifty-nine people were killed in road crashes in Lincolnshire in 2016 - the worst record since 2007 when 79 died.

The death toll equates to more than one death every week and included 15 motorcycle, moped or scooter riders, four of whom were aged 17 to 24; six pedestrians and three cyclists.

And there were three double-fatal crashes, while more than a fifth of the total fatalities were people aged over 60.

“It is tragic that so many of our residents, both young and old, are losing their lives on the roads of Lincolnshire,” said Mr Jones.

“I am determined to tackle this issue by learning from experience elsewhere, exploring innovation from across Europe and seeing whether we can extend and widen schemes that already have a proven track record.

“There will be no easy solutions but that should not stop us doing everything we can to keep our communities safe.”

For more information contact Jon Grubb from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 07780 953575 or mjgrubb@btinternet.com