Road Fatalities Reducing

03/08/2019

GOOD NEWS - A reduction in fatalities on Surrey's roads. Recent figures show a reduction in fatalities on Surreys Roads. While its positive that the number of people killed on Surrey's roads dropped from 36 in 2017 to 27 in 2018, there is always more to do. I know from the regular feedback I get from residents that local Road safety, speeding, and anti-social driving remain prime concerns of residents.

SCC follows a road safety policy referring to the "three E's" - Engineering, Education and Enforcement.

- ENGINEERING - Surrey County Council invests money at collision hotspots and addresses safety issues in major schemes like the Guildford town centre improvements.
- EDUCATION - Road safety education services are offered to all Surrey's Schools. For example the "Bikeability" cycle training (to nearly 19,000 young people across Surrey in the last school year; (and are looking to do the same for pedestrian training) and the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service provide the "Safe Drive Stay Alive" performance to 12,000 young college and sixth form students - as new young drivers are a high risk group. See: https://safedrivesurrey.org/
- ENFORCEMENT - SCC has developed a speed management plan for each borough in conjunction with Surrey Police. These identify the worst locations for speeding and casualties, so the police can target enforcement. The Council has also invested in average speed cameras at major locations.
Decisions about speed limits are made by the Guildford Joint SCC/GBC committee who can also implement 20 mph speed limits on residential road and shopping areas if they choose to. But any 20 mph schemes have to be effective, so the policy requires that additional road "engineering" might be needed if the existing speeds are much greater than 20mph. Otherwise research has shown that signs just on their own will not be effective.

Keith Witham
County Councillor
Email: keithwitham1@hotmail.co.uk