Road Safety Advice

Gloucestershire Constabulary strives to encompass many of the local and national objectives created for roads policing. Most importantly it strives to:
'Secure an environment where the individual can use the roads with confidence, free from death and injury, damage or fear'.

Unfortunately road collisions occur with such regularity that Gloucestershire Constabulary cannot act alone. Close working partnerships with the County Council Road Safety Department and other local road safety partnerships assists in tackling road related problems and crimes and ensures enforcement of road traffic legislation, education of road users and the technical points of road and vehicle engineering.
National guidelines published by ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers), intend to concentrate on key aims, by engaging criminals more actively, investigating incidents more thoroughly, patrolling the roads more effectively and exploiting the fixed penalty notice system by using it to defray police enforcement's and making offenders pay. 

Enforcing the Law

The intentions are to focus enforcement activity in order to detect, disrupt and challenge criminal use of the roads. In order to do this the police will make full use of modern technology, in particular the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system, which has the potential to revolutionise road policing.

Promoting Road Safety

Human error contributes to 95% of collisions; research shows that many of the 3500 deaths on UK roads each year are preventable. The biggest single cause of death and injury is excessive speed, whilst drink and drug driving and failure to wear seatbelts is continuing to be of concern.
Gloucestershire Constabulary run monthly initiatives in order to tackle these issues and work closely with the County Council to publish material to support the initiatives. 

For more information regarding Road Safety in Gloucestershire please visit the County Council website >

Investigating Incidents

Professional investigation of big and small incidents is a key task of the police. The adoption of the Road Death Investigation Manual (RDIM) puts road death investigation on a par with homicide investigations and may result in more serious charges being brought to court in the future. The police actively contribute to safer road and vehicle design through collision reporting and investigating. 

Patrolling the Roads

The public demand for visible police presence on our roads is recognised by the police and important to support the crack down on bad driver behaviour and 'road rage' that exists. Increased visibility and effectiveness will be supported by further developments in working partnerships with road network operators to maximise patrol opportunities.
Road collision costs are staggering,
Using the national economic precept which is applied to all injury road collisions, the costs are as follows:

  • Fatal accidents £1.3 million
  • Serious accidents £154,110
  • Slight accidents £15,380

Strategic Response

The Constabulary will adopt a structured approach to casualty reduction and the tackling of criminality on our roads. The actions to be taken will be listed under each of the strategic objectives contained in the ACPO National Road Policing Strategy.

The objectives are as follows:

  • Use of roads by criminals

    Criminals constantly use the road system to assist in their criminal activities. By using technology and surveillance techniques we can gather intelligence and reduce the criminal use of the roads by targeted intelligence led activity. Such activity will prove invaluable in preventing and reducing crime and assisting in investigations.

  • Improved road user behaviour

    Driver error contributes to over 95% of collisions. Errors in judgement, lapses in concentration and driving offences increase the risk of collisions and casualties. Gloucestershire Constabulary can contribute in the reduction of collisions through road user education initiatives and by using wide powers of enforcement.

  • Effective collision investigation

    Thorough investigation provides evidence about causes of collisions which, where relevant, can be used for prosecutions. Collisions scene management needs to be prompt and professional and undertaken by suitably trained personnel from the police service and other relevant agencies.

  • Safer vehicles

    Contribute to the improvement, design and maintenance of vehicles. In addition, we can assist in reducing the severity of injuries sustained by using powers to prohibit the use of unroad-worthy vehicles by requiring vehicles to be repaired.

  • Improved use of road space

    We acknowledge the environmental issues surrounding the use of road space and will support partners through police activity where appropriate.

  • Safer roads

    The design and condition of roads can have a significant impact on the number and severity of collisions. Appropriate road design, layout and signing need to be considered if casualties are to be reduced. We can contribute to reducing risks by commenting on design and reporting defects as soon as possible, and by managing incident scenes effectively. 

Christmas Drink Drive Campaign

  • To drive safely you need to be physically and mentally alert. ANY amount of alcohol will affect your ability to drive safely.
  • Over 300 injuries and deaths happen each week in crashes in Great Britain where at least one driver was over the legal limit.

Since the 1970's, the number of people killed in drink drive crashes each year has reduced by two-thirds. National and local anti-drink drive campaigns have helped to change public attitudes and people now have a much better understanding of the risks and consequences.
There is now a much greater chance that drink drivers will be caught. The police have increased breath testing substantially - about 1 million tests are carried out each year in England and Wales - and during one recent campaign in Gloucestershire a breath test was carried out every 20 minutes, night and day.
Gloucestershire County Council provides rehabilitation for convicted drink drivers, so the road safety team meets more convicted drinking drivers than anyone else - they are a mixture of ages, backgrounds and gender.

'On average 3 people are convicted every single day in Gloucestershire and have to face the personal and social consequences of their actions'.
'Despite the reduction in road crashes, one in seven road deaths is as a result of a drink drive related crash'.

Despite recent progress, drinking and driving still leads to too many deaths and serious injuries on our roads. It is not just a problem over the Christmas period, this is a serious issue 365 days a year.
It is not just an issue driving back home after a party or on the way home from a club, crashes and arrests occur on the morning after also. Please remember that it is time and time only that will clear alcohol from the system.

'1 unit of alcohol takes 1 hour to absorb into the blood stream.....
then 1 hour to clear.....
so 4 pints of beer can take 9 hours to leave the blood stream........ think before you drink'.

Any alcohol will impair your driving.
When entertaining at Christmas please remember to provide alcohol free drinks for guests who are driving.
Think about the tragic human cost of drinking and driving.
As a convicted drink driver you will be disqualified from driving and you will receive a large fine, under certain circumstances you may be imprisoned.

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