One Road, One Week
This week I would like to join Dorset Police in encouraging road users to take extra care as part of the national One Road, One Week campaign.
The campaign, which started on Monday and continues until Sunday 20 September 2020, will see police forces across the country run enforcement initiatives in their area.
The national campaign has been timed to coincide with Project EDWARD (Every Day Without A Road Death) on 16 September. The project seeks to raise awareness of road safety with the aim of reducing deaths on our roads. The goal to have a day without a road death is ambitious but one that I support completely. But if it is to be achieved, we must all do our part.
Unfortunately, we know that there are irresponsible drivers who break the law, which is why enforcement remains an important tool in protecting road users.
This week Dorset Police focused enforcement activity on the A35 Puddletown Bypass. Yesterday (Thursday) the Force stopped more than 50 vehicles for traffic offences. These included speeding, one arrest for drug driving, five vehicles seized for no insurance, three seatbelt offences and one for driving without due care and attention. The highest speed recorded on the day was 98mph on the 70mph road. A mobile speed camera was also used, which detected over 200 additional incidents of speeding.
The roadside operation saw the police target drivers engaging in the ‘fatal five’ - the five most common causes of death on our roads. They are:
- drink and drug driving;
- not wearing a seatbelt;
- driver distractions (e.g. using a mobile phone while driving);
- careless driving.
I know that road safety is a concern for many people in Dorset. Something we can all do to make our roads safer is to educate ourselves and others on the main causes of road death and to make sure we do not take such risks. There can be a high price to pay for a momentary lapse in concentration or a careless act.
This advice does not just apply to drivers, as passengers can also help save lives. For example, passengers can speak up when a driver uses their phone while driving, make sure they are wearing a seatbelt and take care not to distract the driver.
Another thing that members of the public can do to help policing is to share their views. The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) has recently launched a short nationwide safety and enforcement survey. The survey seeks to understand local communities’ perception for road law enforcement, risks to safety and fixed penalty notices. I encourage you all to take a moment to share your views as the results will inform national road safety strategies. You can complete the APCC survey here >
The national One Road, One Week campaign is an opportunity to shine the spotlight on road safety, which continues to be a priority for Dorset Police and my office. If we all do our part, I believe that we can reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill