DEATHS and serious injuries on county roads have more than halved over the past decade but resources will continue to be targeted to ensure the safest possible road network, according to a new report.
Warwickshire County Council’s Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee will consider how best to prevent speeding and speed related road crashes in the face of current financial restraints when it meets on Thursday this week.
The committee report outlines the current measures being used to combat speeding which remains a major cause of death and injury. Since 2001, road users killed or seriously injured has fallen from 639 to 301 last year.
The report highlights the tremendous improvement in road safety in the county, with the number of deaths and serious injuries more than halving over the past decade. It outlines the significant contribution that speed cameras have made to casualty reduction since they were introduced ten years ago and details how fixed and mobile speed camera enforcement continues to be operated following budget cuts.
Cllr Richard Hobbs, Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for community protection, said: “Protecting the community and making Warwickshire a safer place to live remains a key priority of the county council, and road safety forms an important element of our work in this area.
Our policy of targeting resources to prevent the greatest number of casualties and create the safest road network possible has served us well, with serious and fatal casualties reducing faster than the national average and government targets. However, as we confront the biggest spending challenge the county council has ever had, we need to review the way we deploy our available resources to ensure we continue to deliver the greatest possible road safety benefits for Warwickshire’s road users and communities.”
A total revenue budget of £250,000, supplemented by surplus funding from Speed Awareness workshops, has been allocated to speed camera enforcement.
The county council will continue with its speed management strategy of using a mixture of measures involving engineering, education and enforcement. This will be through speed cameras, speed awareness workshops, vehicle activated signs, community based initiatives, lower speed limits, traffic calming, a schools programme and public information and education campaigns.
The county council, in partnership with Warwickshire Police, will focus speed cameras on the sites with the worst casualty history.
Every fixed camera will operate at least part of the time.
Those sites with the worst casualty history will operate most. This will provide the greatest deterrent to excessive speed as drivers will not know when a camera is operating.
The number of mobile camera operators has reduced from six to three. They will also focus on the sites with the worst casualty history.