Posted: Thursday 23rd November 2017
We’re supporting Road Safety Week (20-26 November) and its theme of Speed Down, Save Lives, alongside other partners in the Hertfordshire Road Safety Partnership.
We’re asking people to make a pledge and make our roads safer, and our members and officers have been showing their support by having their photos taken with the campaign ‘hands’.
In the UK speeding is still a major problem. It causes needless crashes, untold suffering and stops people living safe and healthy lives. Incidents on the road remain one of the biggest causes of death and serious injury, and dangerous roads also have a major impact on everyone’s ability to walk, cycle and live healthy active lifestyles. This makes it so important to develop everyone’s awareness of the risks and also how the situation can be improved by individuals and communities now and in the future in Hertfordshire.
Driving is unpredictable and if something unexpected happens on the road ahead – such as a child stepping out from between parked cars – it is a driver’s speed that will determine whether they can stop in time and, if they can’t stop, how hard they will hit.
Yet newer vehicles are more powerful than ever before and reach high speeds quickly. We all live busy lives and there is a temptation to speed up in the hope of saving time, where in fact we could be costing lives.
Find out more about the week at Road Safety Week 2017 and follow the Road Safety Partnership at @roadsafetyherts
Speed has been identified as a key risk factor in road traffic injuries, influencing both the risk of a road crash as well as the severity of the injuries that result from crashes. An increase in the average speed of 1mph typically results in a 3% higher risk of a crash involving injury, with a 4–5% increase for crashes that result in fatalities (World Health Organisation)