Road safety is new policing priority

PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 March 2015

Sue Mountstevens

Sue Mountstevens

Copyright: Freia Turland

ROAD safety has become one of the top priorities for Avon and Somerset police to tackle over the next two years.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens has added the issue to the list of priorities to be targeted by the force until 2017 after it was recognised as one affecting many people.

The priorities are set out in Ms Mountstevens’ Police and Crime Plan, which has been refreshed and relaunched this week.

She said: “Road safety is something which is regularly raised with me when I go out and meet with people and in the mail I receive.

“It’s an issue which means different things to different people; for some it is drivers speeding near their homes and schools, for others it is people using mobile phones and sometimes it can be the potential for conflict between different road users.

“What is clear to me is that people want to feel safe on and near our roads and I believe it’s right that we should be clearly saying this is a priority for us.”

As a result, the force’s Chief Constable will be held to account on the delivery of four key objectives - supporting partnership approaches to road safety initiatives, supporting the development of Community SpeedWatch and road safety volunteers, 
ensuring high-quality road safety investigations and improving 
visible policing on the roads.

The four other priorities set out in the plan are reducing the impact of antisocial behaviour, tackling domestic and sexual abuse, preventing and reducing burglary and putting victims first.

Cyber crime, including online theft, harassment and sexual offending, has also been recognised in the new Police and Crime Plan as an area which is increasing and presents new challenges for the police in protecting vulnerable people.

To view the plan visit www.avon

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