Over the past 30 years we have seen a dramatic reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads but... over the last 10 years it has flatlined. We cannot seem to reduce it further.
Organised criminals regularly use the roads to transport illegal goods (including people) and travel around our area and across the country causing harm on our communities.
The largest volunteering group we have are those who diligently carry out our community speed watch scheme. Our community cares so much about safety on our roads they are willing to take action to help.
This is why roads policing matters and I have made road safety a priority for the past three years. I have invested over £750,000 into roads policing and the force have created the No Excuses team who proactively tackle the fatal five that are a killer on the roads.
I have created a national portfolio as part of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners for Roads Policing/Safety and lead the country on their behalf. Our most recent achievement has been the national roads enforcement/safety survey that over 66,000 people competed throughout the country where there is a real appetite for more enforcement because people witness daily or weekly those who flout the law on the roads where they live. Check out my Facebook page to see the video where I announce the full results or view the report here.
I have submitted these results to the government's call for evidence to inform the Road Safety Select Committee which will be sitting soon to review what they have received.
I am also Chairman of the South West Road Safety Peninsula Partnership where elected members from across Plymouth, Torbay, Devon and Cornwall have committed to Vision Zero. This is a serious commitment to have zero road deaths and serious injuries by 2040. We know technology may be the answer but that is someway off yet so we need radical ideas to make the difference we all want to see. We are aiming to promote a Call for Ideas from the public soon about how we can help people be at their best behind the wheel of a vehicle.
If you are an employer then you can also help by signing up to Driving for Better Business, Highways England's scheme to keep people who drive for work even safer.
We want safer roads in our communities for everyone who uses them. We can all help by uploading driving offences that we capture on our dash cams via OpSnap. The police will prosecute where the evidence is clear.