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. 

A priority of our Roads Policing Unit is to reduce road casualties across Thames Valley.

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

We hope that, by targeting those who persist on ignoring these potentially fatal risks, we can prevent people being killed or seriously injured.

To keep up-to-date with our work, follow us on Twitter - @tvprp

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. 

  • Speed is one of the main factors in fatal road collisions.
  • The risk of death is four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than 30mph.
  • Fatal accidents are four times more likely on rural ‘A’ roads than urban ‘A’ roads.
  • To find out more about speed limits, visit the gov.uk website.

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.

  • 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. 
  • Each month across Thames Valley and Hampshire, just under 400 drivers are caught drink-driving.
  • Each year on the roads of Thames Valley and Hampshire, 140 people are killed or seriously injured as a result of alcohol.
  • Combining alcohol and illegal drugs together is a deadly combination which can make a person 23 times more likely to be involved in a fatal collision.

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

The facts:

  • You are four times more likely to crash if you use a mobile phone while driving.
  • Reaction times for drivers using a phone are around 50 per cent slower than normal driving.
  • Even careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text – and a split-second lapse in concentration could result in a crash.

Further advice and support

The Highway Code - Essential reading for all road users. 

Safe Drive Stay Alive

Safe Drive Stay Alive is a theatre education initiative which brings to the stage the harrowing stories of devastation caused by dangerous driving with the aim of saving young lives.

This innovative project hosts productions across Thames Valley and Hampshire, encouraging young people aged between 17 and 24 to be safe on the road.

To find out more visit the Safe Drive Stay Alive website.

Older Drivers Forum

The Older Drivers Forum aims to help more mature motorists stay safe on the roads for longer.

For more information, visit the Older Drivers Forum website.

THINK!

THINK! is a national campaign that provides road safety information for road users in a bid to reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads.

For more information, visit the Direct.gov.uk website.

Contact us

If you would like to speak to us about a speeding offence, a notice of intended prosecution, or a conditional offer, please contact the relevant department:

  • Camera offence - 01865 290470
  • Roadside/officer issued offences (Traffic offence reports, parking tickets, penalty notice for disorder, driver retraining) - 01865 290472
  • Conditional Offer (fine and endorsement), HMCTS Southend - 01702 283860
  • Court prosecutions – Camera offences - 01865 290471
  • Court prosecutions – Roadside/officer issued offences- 01865 541567
  • Fixed Penalty Support Unit - fpsuenquiries@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

Speed cameras

The Safer Roads Unit is committed to making roads safer through intelligence-led speed enforcement.

To achieve this, the unit carries out speed enforcement on roads where road users have been injured or where communities are concerned about the speed of vehicles.

Mobile speed enforcement is carried out using our fleet of 14 police safety camera vans.

There are also 30 fixed speed cameras, and these are being upgraded to the latest digital technology.

In addition to speeding, our officers detect additional road traffic offences including failure to wear seat belts and the use of mobile phones.

To find out the locations of our safety cameras and for locations of reported collisions, which resulted in an injury, please visit the Traff Web website.

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