£5m spent on road safety but deaths on Dorset roads still on the rise as police step up No Excuse campaign

£5m spent on road safety but deaths on Dorset roads still on the rise as police step up No Excuse campaign

£5m spent on road safety but deaths on Dorset roads still on the rise as police step up No Excuse campaign

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DORSET Police has today announced that it is pouring more resources into its ‘no excuse’ campaign.

In doing so, it has published figures which show that the total cost of road safety for the county during the financial year of 2013/14 was £5,323,000.

That included £1,564,000 for the Driver Awareness Scheme. The course generated £2,533,000 in income from fees, which the police said had been re-invested into road safety.

The announcement that a new team will be set up to enhance the ‘no excuse’ campaign comes against a backdrop of rising fatalities on the county’s roads.

Last year, 28 people were killed, compared to 24 in 2012 and 19 in 2011.

Dorset’s fatality figures continue to be higher than other force areas and Dorset Police said that road safety remained a priority.

Superintendent Nicky Searle, of Dorset Police’s Operational Support Command, said: “People tell us they want to see more visible policing on Dorset’s roads, not just a reliance on speed cameras and we have responded.

“In autumn this year we are introducing a dedicated, self-funded ‘no excuse’ team of trained police officers.

“They will be focusing on known causes of collisions on our roads, which are speeding, careless driving, using mobile phones, not wearing seatbelts and driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“Dorset Police is totally committed to reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads.

“I want to ensure that through ‘no excuse’ activity there is a real focus on driver awareness of the impact that motoring offences can have on people’s lives, however unintentional. The focus of the team will be on providing education to change driver behaviour and to save lives.”

From October the new team, consisting of one sergeant, six constables and two dedicated members of police staff will solely concentrate on ‘no excuse’ enforcement and follow-up enquiries in relation to issued tickets where the motorist failed to respond to the penalty.

Officers will issue fixed penalty notices and advice and also provide an educational booklet, which gives information and guidance on avoiding driving carelessly.

In most of the cases where motorists receive a fixed penalty notice they can choose to attend a course under the Driver Awareness Scheme costing £110 as an alternative to penalty points.

Superintendent Searle added: “The enhanced ‘no excuse’ team will provide a dedicated resource in the fight to tackle the main offences which are contributing factors in many road traffic collisions.

“Importantly, this isn’t just about speeding. Officers can respond to dangerous driving that cameras are not able to. Drivers tell us that face to face contact with a police officer is the most impactive way to address behaviour on the roads.

“The figures show that despite the great work by the ‘no excuse’ campaign so far, more needs to be done if the number of serious injuries and deaths on Dorset’s road are to decrease.

“The effects of serious road traffic collisions are far reaching for all involved – the victims, their families, witnesses and also members of the emergency services, who deal with the aftermath of the collision and have to impart terrible news to the families of those involved in a road traffic collision.

“We are committed to challenging dangerous behaviour on our roads and investing money directly from enforcement back into this important area of policing to save lives.”

The figures released today do not include the Dorset Road Safe Partnership, which operates mobile speed cameras.

That cost was £1.29m in 2013/14 and was funded by local authorities – £500,000 – and Dorset Police – £790,000.

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6:58am Fri 25 Jul 14

southwellman says...

Dorset has one of the highest per population of speeding tickets in the UK..and WHY.. because the police camera sits at the bottom of hills collecting revenue from people whop go abouot their daily lives and make the slightest foopahh when heading down a hill, they are often charged for a few miles over the limit. It is safer to watch the road ahead while going down a hill than have to take your eyes off the road to monitor the speedo. What police should be doing is heading out and picking up the drunk drives and drug drives who cause a lot of the RTAs. we have a high number of deaths in Dorset due to some of the roads that are unknown to people who drive them and many of them transit the area. I had thos conversation with the police chief a while back who could not come up with a reasonable answer as to why there are so many police cameras at the bottom of the hills. Yes he kept quoting road safety... but can anyone tell me if there has been a fatal incident along Buxton road dip or any hills in the WParea?
Dorset has one of the highest per population of speeding tickets in the UK..and WHY.. because the police camera sits at the bottom of hills collecting revenue from people whop go abouot their daily lives and make the slightest foopahh when heading down a hill, they are often charged for a few miles over the limit. It is safer to watch the road ahead while going down a hill than have to take your eyes off the road to monitor the speedo. What police should be doing is heading out and picking up the drunk drives and drug drives who cause a lot of the RTAs. we have a high number of deaths in Dorset due to some of the roads that are unknown to people who drive them and many of them transit the area. I had thos conversation with the police chief a while back who could not come up with a reasonable answer as to why there are so many police cameras at the bottom of the hills. Yes he kept quoting road safety... but can anyone tell me if there has been a fatal incident along Buxton road dip or any hills in the WParea? southwellman
  • Score: 3

7:54am Fri 25 Jul 14

BillyL says...

Southwellman, it appears that you have explains there are no accidents where the cameras are. Maybe there is a reason for that, let's have more!
Southwellman, it appears that you have explains there are no accidents where the cameras are. Maybe there is a reason for that, let's have more! BillyL
  • Score: -1

8:02am Fri 25 Jul 14

southwellman says...

BillyL wrote:
Southwellman, it appears that you have explains there are no accidents where the cameras are. Maybe there is a reason for that, let's have more!
I will be happy to have to show me how many accidents there have been where the revenue collectors hang out.. Even before they figured they could earn money from the areas they target.. But someone who is 3-5 miles over the limit is nowhere near as dangrous as someone who has been drinking all afternoon in a pub.. show me a camera that can pick them up and I am all for more.. but until then we do not have the patrols o the road looking for them, but we do have mobile unitls to earn an easy buck!
[quote][p][bold]BillyL[/bold] wrote: Southwellman, it appears that you have explains there are no accidents where the cameras are. Maybe there is a reason for that, let's have more![/p][/quote]I will be happy to have to show me how many accidents there have been where the revenue collectors hang out.. Even before they figured they could earn money from the areas they target.. But someone who is 3-5 miles over the limit is nowhere near as dangrous as someone who has been drinking all afternoon in a pub.. show me a camera that can pick them up and I am all for more.. but until then we do not have the patrols o the road looking for them, but we do have mobile unitls to earn an easy buck! southwellman
  • Score: 2

8:48am Fri 25 Jul 14

Bert Fry says...

So, the no excuse campaign has failed because it gas failed to reduce the number of deaths on or roads. The answer; spend more money on the no excuse campaign.
So, the no excuse campaign has failed because it gas failed to reduce the number of deaths on or roads. The answer; spend more money on the no excuse campaign. Bert Fry
  • Score: 1

8:59am Fri 25 Jul 14

southwellman says...

Bert Fry wrote:
So, the no excuse campaign has failed because it gas failed to reduce the number of deaths on or roads. The answer; spend more money on the no excuse campaign.
According to many industry experts cameras do not lower accidents and in some cases increase the number of non-fatal incidents on the roads.. I can see that lad driving down the road, sees a mobile camera and slams on the breaks.. matey behind does not act so quickly and rear ends the car that is breaking. that causes 2 problems.. Insurance claims go in raising premiums for pretty much every one in the county and the criminal element gets involved in scams with fake cameras and the insurance scam then takes off.
More police cars on the road can pull over speeders and then other checks can be made as to drink and drugs.. at the moment then rely on cameras for insurance tax and the such.. So yes Bert.. they probably will spend more on wasted campaigns.
[quote][p][bold]Bert Fry[/bold] wrote: So, the no excuse campaign has failed because it gas failed to reduce the number of deaths on or roads. The answer; spend more money on the no excuse campaign.[/p][/quote]According to many industry experts cameras do not lower accidents and in some cases increase the number of non-fatal incidents on the roads.. I can see that lad driving down the road, sees a mobile camera and slams on the breaks.. matey behind does not act so quickly and rear ends the car that is breaking. that causes 2 problems.. Insurance claims go in raising premiums for pretty much every one in the county and the criminal element gets involved in scams with fake cameras and the insurance scam then takes off. More police cars on the road can pull over speeders and then other checks can be made as to drink and drugs.. at the moment then rely on cameras for insurance tax and the such.. So yes Bert.. they probably will spend more on wasted campaigns. southwellman
  • Score: 3

9:12am Fri 25 Jul 14

JamesYoung says...

southwellman wrote:
Bert Fry wrote:
So, the no excuse campaign has failed because it gas failed to reduce the number of deaths on or roads. The answer; spend more money on the no excuse campaign.
According to many industry experts cameras do not lower accidents and in some cases increase the number of non-fatal incidents on the roads.. I can see that lad driving down the road, sees a mobile camera and slams on the breaks.. matey behind does not act so quickly and rear ends the car that is breaking. that causes 2 problems.. Insurance claims go in raising premiums for pretty much every one in the county and the criminal element gets involved in scams with fake cameras and the insurance scam then takes off.
More police cars on the road can pull over speeders and then other checks can be made as to drink and drugs.. at the moment then rely on cameras for insurance tax and the such.. So yes Bert.. they probably will spend more on wasted campaigns.
I've said it many times: every car should be fitted with a tracker. The govt could issue as many fines as it wants then, but more importantly, people who drive like tw*ts would actually start getting caught.
[quote][p][bold]southwellman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bert Fry[/bold] wrote: So, the no excuse campaign has failed because it gas failed to reduce the number of deaths on or roads. The answer; spend more money on the no excuse campaign.[/p][/quote]According to many industry experts cameras do not lower accidents and in some cases increase the number of non-fatal incidents on the roads.. I can see that lad driving down the road, sees a mobile camera and slams on the breaks.. matey behind does not act so quickly and rear ends the car that is breaking. that causes 2 problems.. Insurance claims go in raising premiums for pretty much every one in the county and the criminal element gets involved in scams with fake cameras and the insurance scam then takes off. More police cars on the road can pull over speeders and then other checks can be made as to drink and drugs.. at the moment then rely on cameras for insurance tax and the such.. So yes Bert.. they probably will spend more on wasted campaigns.[/p][/quote]I've said it many times: every car should be fitted with a tracker. The govt could issue as many fines as it wants then, but more importantly, people who drive like tw*ts would actually start getting caught. JamesYoung
  • Score: 0

9:40am Fri 25 Jul 14

Bert Fry says...

I fear that the real motive behind all of this is to increase the income generated by the no excuse campaign until we reach the point where other sources of income can be reduced or even withdrawn completely. Don't know if ultimately this is a good or bad thing but I can certainly see a self licking lollipop when I see it.
I fear that the real motive behind all of this is to increase the income generated by the no excuse campaign until we reach the point where other sources of income can be reduced or even withdrawn completely. Don't know if ultimately this is a good or bad thing but I can certainly see a self licking lollipop when I see it. Bert Fry
  • Score: 2

10:00am Fri 25 Jul 14

southwellman says...

You see so many times in the press some numptie gets drunk and causes damage, then gets off with a warning. 3 points and a fine is a lot more damageing for a moment of speeding and being clipped by a roving camera. there are police own regulation (not law) as to where cameras can be placed and if there has not been a fatallity within 2 years then a camera should not be placed on that stretch of road.. Nwo can someone well me if ther ehas been a fatallity on Buxton road?
You see so many times in the press some numptie gets drunk and causes damage, then gets off with a warning. 3 points and a fine is a lot more damageing for a moment of speeding and being clipped by a roving camera. there are police own regulation (not law) as to where cameras can be placed and if there has not been a fatallity within 2 years then a camera should not be placed on that stretch of road.. Nwo can someone well me if ther ehas been a fatallity on Buxton road? southwellman
  • Score: 2

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