‘Roads policing and its contribution to road safety’ – report from PACTS

Some 1,800 people die on UK roads each year – more than twice the number of deaths from homicides and terrorism combined. A further 25,000+ people are seriously injured. Many of these casualties result from a failure to comply with traffic laws – knowingly or otherwise. Around two-thirds of collisions involve excessive speed, a driver over the legal alcohol limit, failure to wear a seat belt, or a combination of […]

PACTS launches new report: ‘Seat Belts: Time for Action’

Almost a third (31%) of the people who died in vehicles in Great Britain in 2018 were not wearing a seat belt, according to a report by PACTS, in association with Direct Line Group, published 13th of March 2020. Seat Belts: Time for Action uses data obtained from specialist Police Forensic Collision Investigators (PFCIs) by using the Freedom of Information Act. The analysis suggests that the number of fatalities could be […]

DfT December 2018 Road Safety Newsletter

The Department for Transport December 2018 Road Safety Newsletter has been released, available here. The newsletter focuses on the CWIS Safety Review and the release of Atkins Report on 20mph speed limit. This includes the news that the Department has funded RoSPA to write a guide for local authorities, ‘Introducing 20mph Limits’, as well as to update the RoSPA guides ‘Road Safety: a Guide for Local Councillors in England’ and […]

20mph Research Study – Summary and PACTS comment

The Department for Transport has today (22 November 2018) published the 20mph Research Study by Atkins, AECOM and Professor Mike Maher (UCL). It assesses the outcomes of introducing 20 mph speed limit schemes (ie reducing speed limits from 30mph to 20mph) in residential areas and town centres. These are generally on a wider scale, but “signs only”, ie without the traffic calming measures of earlier 20mph zones. They were introduced for […]

CWIS safety review – PACTS and DfT Responses

On 22nd November the Government published its response to its call for evidence on the Cycling and Walking Strategy Safety Review, available here. The report outline the 50 Actions that the DfT will take. The main outcomes of the response are that the DfT will: Review the existing guidance in the Highway Code to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians Invest £100,000 to support police enforcement by developing a national […]