Councillor Richard MacRae has forwarded:
ottinghamshire Police is supporting a national campaign in a bid to protect pedestrians, motorcyclists, pedal cyclists and horse riders.
The force’s roads policing unit will be running a number of enforcement activities across Nottinghamshire as part of the National Police Chief’s Council event which runs until 22 November in conjunction with the charity Brake.
In 2019, 332 vulnerable road users were killed or seriously injured on Nottinghamshire’s roads which is an increase of 42 from the previous year. 117 of those were pedestrians, 112 were motorcyclists, 63 were pedal cycles and 40 were child casualties.
Although the figures for 2020 are not yet complete, there has been a significant decrease in collisions nationally which is due to quieter roads during the first lockdown.
However, the roads have not been as quiet during this second lockdown and people in the vulnerable category are more likely to be using the roads after dark due to the time of year. There’s also the added risk of people exercising outdoors while indoor facilities are closed.
Detective Inspector Simon Allen from Nottinghamshire’s Safety Camera Partnership, said: “We believe that one death on our roads is one too many and we’re asking drivers to think about how their speed would effect a vulnerable road user if they came into contact with one.
“The speed the vehicle is travelling when it collides with another road user decides whether they live or die. Even one mile per hour above a speed limit can kill a child pedestrian, just two miles per hour can kill a pedal cycle… over three miles per hour will probably kill all of them.”
“A vulnerable road user is not protected by a metal box lined with air bags.
“Speed limits are there for a reason and if you go over it them then you’re breaking the law and selfishly putting everyone else at risk. There are other road users including children walking to and from school, elderly people walking to the shops, who will be much safer if drivers stick to the speed limit.”
The police activity will centre around the ‘fatal four’ most common reasons why deaths occur on the road with a focus on drink and drug driving, speeding, using a mobile phone while driving and not wearing a seatbelt.