Road safety

Collisions on the road are one of the leading causes of death in the UK. Many of these incidents could easily be prevented by driving more safely.

Driving safely is your responsibility. Bad driving puts both your own and other's lives at risk. Collisions on the road can lead to life changing injuries for those involved as well as resulting in serious consequences for offending drivers. 

Many fatal or serious collisions on our roads can be linked to the 'fatal four':

  • speeding
  • distraction
  • not wearing seat belts
  • driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Speeding

Speed limits are there for a reason. The risk of seriously injuring someone increases with your speed, a few miles per hour could be the difference between life and death. 

Drink driving

If you drink alcohol or take drugs and drive, you put yourself, your loved ones and other road users at risk. Don’t take the chance, it's not worth the risk.

Drinking any alcohol, even a small drink, makes you a worse driver. It slows your reaction times and makes you unable to judge speed and distance accurately. The only safe way is to avoid all alcohol if you’re driving. 

Never offer an alcoholic drink to someone who you know is driving.

Being convicted of drink or drug driving means you will lose your licence for at least one year, have a criminal record and could be fined up to £5,000 or go to prison. 

If you’re planning to go out and know you will be drinking: 

  • decide how you’re going to get home before you go
  • don’t drive to the venue
  • drink soft drinks until you get home
  • book a taxi or use public transport to get home, or stay overnight

If you suspect anyone of drink or drug-driving, call 999 if the incident is in progress or 101 if you have information about an offence. You could save someone's life.

Mobile phones

You are up to four times more likely to have a crash if you use your mobile phone whilst driving. Only use your mobile after you have stopped in a safe place, unless it’s an emergency.

It is against the law to use a mobile phone whilst driving, this includes:

  • picking up your phone to make or receive calls
  • picking up your phone to send and receive texts or browse the internet 
  • using your phone whilst stopped at traffic lights or when queuing in traffic

Further advice and support

The Highway Code - Essential reading for all road users. 

Speed cameras

In 2015, Thames Valley Police launched the Traffweb website, where members of the public can view reported injury collision data and individual site information for all fixed and mobile camera sites.

The injury collision data on Traffweb is updated every six months, and the offence data for camera sites is updated annually.

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