Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) was formed in June 2000 in order to reduce the number of people killed and injured on Lincolnshire’s roads.
LRSP is a unique multi-agency Partnership which brings together, under one roof, road safety professionals from its partner organisations:
Lincolnshire County Council ------ Lincolnshire Police ------ Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue ------ NHS Partnership ------ Highways Agency ------- Probation Service

Summer 2014 Drink – Drug Driving
 
Initial indications are that the amount of drivers charged for drink related driving offences has dropped dramatically in the County.
As the campaign started on June 1st, a high number of arrests were made within days and concern was raised however, as the campaign got fully underway the arrest rate dropped and as the campaign came to a close we have a provisional number of 52 drivers charged with those offences.
It remains that 52 is still too high and there is more work to be done however, it is a significant reduction on previous years and shows, to those that disregard the drink drive law, that Lincolnshire police will be proactive in targeting drivers who drive whilst under the influence of drink and drugs.
The 'Text Service' campaign has proven popular with members of the public; it has enabled people to provide officers with information that can rid Lincolnshire of another drink driver, which blight our society and are a risk to other road users. In the first 10 days 29 text messages were received to report drink drivers,  by the middle of the month (15th) 52 texts had been received with a sum total of 145 texts by the close of the campaign. The text service is no longer available, users will receive an automated answer directing them to 999, 101 or Crime Stoppers, should they send a text.
 Previous years (Summer campaigns)
2013 – 84
2012 – 89
2011 – 102
Lincolnshire police are launching their summer drink and drug drive campaign. 1st June 2014. This is part of the national campaign working directly with officers from the Nottingham Force as part of the East Midlands Operational Support Service.
 
Members of the public will be able to report a drink driver they know using a short code SMS text service. Simply text the word 'DRINK' to 80800 with details of the vehicle, where the person will be drinking and when. Police officers will use the information to stop, arrest and process the driver through the Courts.
 
This is only to be used for non-emergency cases.
 
If members of the public see a drink/drug driver actually driving, they should treat it as an emergency and call 999.
 
With a long hot summer forecast drivers are reminded that police will be carrying out roadside checks at all times of the day including the mornings.
 
With the use of FIT (Field Impairment Test) officers will be testing drivers for the effects of drugs as well as drink during this campaign.

Report Highways Defects
Should you wish to report a fault which you consider to be an emergency (i.e. a situation which presents an immediate danger) outside normal office hours, i.e. Monday to Friday after 6pm or at weekends/bank holidays, please contact the Police on 0300 111 0300.

Lincolnshire County Council, as Highway Authority, is responsible for managing and maintaining the road network in Lincolnshire.  We aim to provide a high quality customer service throughout the county.  As part of our commitment to improving services you can report highways defects online here.
 
3 December 2013

Christmas Drink – Drug Driving Campaign

Lincolnshire police will be conducting road side checks to arrest and prosecute those drivers who drive whilst under the influence of drink or drugs. Highly visible and well signed road checks will be in operation across the County. Checks will be carried out in early morning, evening and night time.
As well as Breathalyser checks, Field Impairment Checks (FIT) will be carried out on those drivers suspected of driving whilst under the influence of drugs.

Road traffic officers and Neighbourhood policing teams will be distributing leaflets in a bid to dispel some of the myths around drink driving.

Chief Inspector Stewart Brinn states “We believe that providing this information as an educational tool will leave drivers in no doubt that to drink and drive is not only foolhardy, but puts the people of Lincolnshire at considerable risk when they use the roads. Families torn apart by the spectre of drink and drug driving are left behind to suffer for all time the loss of a loved one. Our enforcement strategy will include leaflets in 3 languages, Latvian, Lithuanian and Polish as well as an English leaflet. We will conduct checks at all times of the day to ensure drink and drug drivers are stopped and put before the Courts.

Information from Crimestoppers will be acted upon swiftly to ensure the safety of road users in Lincolnshire. We ask members of the public to help us to help them. Call 101 if they suspect a drink driver but call 999 in an emergency."

Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership reminds everyone they have a responsibility when behind the wheel to ensure they are fit to do so. Impairment through drink or drugs carries severe penalties for those convicted and those who refuse testing will suffer the same penalties through the Courts. When people are enjoying the festive period, we ask you to make provision to travel by nominating a designated driver or pre-arranging a taxi home. Drink drivers can be imprisoned, they will automatically be banned from driving for 12 month and the offence will remain on their license for 11 years. The criminal record for the offence will be declarable for all time.

So far this year in Lincolnshire, 2 people have died in drink related collisions and 69 people have been injured, 13 suffering serious, which are often life changing, injuries.  Lincolnshire police roadside test over 12,000 people every year, over 800 have been prosecuted so far in 2013.
3 December 2013

Drinking and Driving? Don’t wreck Christmas!
 
You may think you are fit to drive, but have you thought of the following?
The body processes alcohol at around one unit per hour. The following factors have to be considered:
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Weight
  • Body mass
  • General Health
  • Metabolism
  • What sort of alcohol you are drinking
  • Stress levels
  • What you have eaten
  • Health of your liver
 
It is almost impossible to be certain that you are fit to drive if you have consumed alcohol.
 
Have you considered what is at risk when deciding to drink and drive?

Licence
  • Banned from driving, and it stays on your licence for 11 years
  • Higher insurance premiums
  • You will have to apply to get your licence re-instated
  • You may have problems hiring a vehicle in the future
  • If you drive for work your employer will see your conviction
  • You may be denied access to some countries, like the USA
Could you do your job without a licence?
Can you keep up mortgage payments without a job?
If you are found to be drunk in charge of a vehicle you could be fined & sent to prison for 3 months
If you are found driving whilst drunk you could be faced with 6 months in prison and a £5000 fine
You could be sent to prison for 14 years for causing the death of someone else
 
Penalties are determined by the Magistrates or Judge, are dependent on your personal circumstances, and whether you are a newly qualified driver or a repeat offender.
 
Don't Drink and Drive this Christmas

Tis the season to be jolly, Drink and Drive and yule be sorry!
 
3 September 2013

Dangerous Driving Results in Boston Crash

Two cars were road racing on Marsh Lane, Boston when they crashed. Agars Mucins had an arm injury as a result of the crash. He was found guilty of dangerous driving and sentenced to 16 months in prison. 3 years driving ban and has to sit an extended test to regain his license.
 
The other driver is yet to face a magistrates Court.
 
As well as putting themselves at risk, they displayed total disregard for the safety of other road users and residents living on Marsh Lane. To have a sentence such as this sends a clear message to those who drive dangerously on the roads of Lincolnshire that when caught they will certainly face some time in prison. Although Mucins hurt his arm in the crash, both drivers were lucky to survive at all.

John Siddle
Communications Manager
Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership

 
28 June 2013

Driver CPC Training for HGV/LGV
 
Life Skills Academy at North Kyme is accredited by the Driving Standards Agency to deliver these courses.
 
CPC Training is a European directive for all lorry and bus drivers to receive.
 
35 hours of training over a 5 year period. Must be completed by 10 Sep 2014 for HGV/LGV drivers.

Phone 01526 861170 for further information
 
17 June 2013

Driver Training Programme

SAFE YOUNG DRIVER PROGRAMME (INCLUDES PASS PLUS)
 
Once again the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership can offer the Safe Young Driver Programme, which includes Pass Plus, for only £50.00.
 
What do you get?
  1. A half day theory, refreshing your knowledge of the highway code, hazard perception and safer driving techniques.
  2. Up to six hours practical driving at a time convenient for you, with a Driver Trainer, covering urban, rural, dual carriageway and motorway driving.  Within the day's programme there will be an element of 'free driving' requiring you to follow a set of instructions given to you at the start of the practice.
  3. Information concerning companies offering a discount of insurance premiums upon successful completion of the course.The whole programme is designed to enhance your knowledge, understanding and practical driving skills to better equip for driving safely in the real world.
Is this course for you?
  1. Are you aged between 17 and 24 years old?
  2. Have you passed your driving test within the last nine months?
  3. Do you reside, or are you in full time education, in Lincolnshire?
If you can answer 'yes' to one or more of the questions above, then phone Andrea or Becca on 01526 861170 to book yourself on one of the courses being offered around the county.

MATURE DRIVER TRAINING PROGRAMME

Has your knowledge, skills or abilities changed? Have you attended a driver refresher course within the last ten years? If not, you could benefit from a Mature Driver Programme.
 
The Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership is offering courses for mature drivers across the county from May through to September (venues include Boston, Grantham, Lincoln, Louth, North Kyme, Pinchbeck, Skegness and Stamford).
 
Join us for a day – Theory in the morning and a practical drive in the afternoon. Lunch and refreshments are included, all for £30.00
 
For further information please contact: Andreea Dixon on 01526 86117

30 May 2013

Drink Drive Campaign


 
Lincolnshire police will be conducting road side checks to arrest and prosecute those drivers who drive whilst under the influence of drink or drugs. As well as Breathalyser checks, Field Impairment Checks (FIT) will be carried out on those drivers suspected of driving whilst under the influence of drugs.
 
Highly visible and well signed road checks will be in operation across the County. Checks will be carried out in early morning, evening and night time.
 
Although people will say they are OK to drive, it is almost impossible to calculate accurately whether they are. The body processes alcohol at around 1 unit per hour, this process is governed by many factors:
 
Age, gender, weight, body mass, metabolism, general health, the type of alcohol you are drinking and the health of you liver, to name a few.
 
It cannot be calculated so it is pointless even trying!
 
Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership reminds everyone they have a responsibility when behind the wheel to ensure they are fit to do so. Impairment through drink or drugs carries severe penalties for those convicted and those who refuse testing will suffer the same penalties through the Courts. We ask you to make provision to travel by nominating a designated driver or pre-arranging a taxi home.
 
In the past year, in Lincolnshire, 5 people have died in more than 80 drink related collisions and more than 120 people have been injured, some have suffered serious, and often life changing, injuries where drink or drugs were a contributory factor.

If may think you’re fit to drive, but have you thought of the following? The body processes alcohol at around one unit per hour. The following factors have to be considered:
• Age • Gender • Weight • Body mass • General health • Metabolism • What sort of alcohol you are drinking • Stress levels • What you have eaten • Health of your liver (does anyone know this?)
It is almost impossible to be certain that you are fit to drive if you have consumed alcohol.

What’s at risk?
Have you considered what is at risk when deciding to drink and drive?
Here are a few to think about:
Licence Banned from driving, and it stays on your licence for 11 years / Higher insurance premiums / You will have to apply to get your licence re-instated / You may have problems hiring a vehicle in the future / If you drive for work your employer will see your conviction / You may be denied access to some countries, like the USA
Job Can you carry on your job without a licence? /
Home Can you keep up mortgage payments without a job?
Drunk in Charge of a VehicleYou can be fined & sent to prison (3months)
Driving whilst Drunk 6 months in prison and £5000 fine
Causing Death You could be sent to prison for 14 years for causing the deathof someone else.

Penelties are determined by the Magistrates or Judge, are dependent on your personal circumstances, and whether you are a newly qualified driver or a repeat offender

12 April 2013

Cycle Safety Helmet Campaign
How do I fit a child’s helmet correctly?
Ensure the helmet is the correct size. It should fit snugly and be comfortable to wear. When the child shakes or nods their head the helmet should remain secure. The helmet rim should sit on the forehead, just above the eyebrows. The helmet should NOT be tilted back leaving the forehead exposed or tipped so far forward it cover the eyes and obstructs the child’s ability to see. The straps must not be twisted and there should be no slack in them. Most helmet straps form a ‘V’ shape just under the ear lobe. Ensure the helmet does not affect the child’s ability to hear. Listening is an important part of cycling safety. Always check the manufacturers’ instructions on fitting advice.
How often should I change a child’s helmet?
You must replace a helmet if it is damaged in anyway as the structure of the helmet will be compromised. Check a child’s helmet on a regular basis and replace it as the child grows.
What protection does a helmet offer?
Helmets have been proven to absorb some of the energy force that causes head/brain injury. They add another layer of protection in addition to the skull.
What else can I do to protect children whilst cycling?
Cycle training, wearing reflector strips/jacket, lights on the back and front of the bike, ensure their bike is roadworthy, be a role model, cycle as a family and don’t let them listen to an ipod whilst cycling.
What should I do if a child falls off his/her bike and the helmet gets dented or scraped?
You must replace it.
What safety standard should I look for on a helmet? Are some standards better than others? Helmets sold in the UK must have the CE BSEN1078 standard. All the safety standards are rigorous. How do I measure a child’s head for a cycle helmet?
Wrap a tape measure around the child’s head just above the eyebrows and read the measurement in centimetres.
Does a BMX-style of helmet offer as much protection as a traditional vented helmet?
Yes. BMX-style helmets have to meet the same safety standards as more traditional style helmets. If a child wants to wear a BMX style helmet and it fits that should be the one you buy
My child refuses to wear a cycle helmet but I want him/her to continue cycling because it’s good for their health. What should I do?
Children are not required by law to wear a helmet so it is very difficult to make your child wear a helmet. However, you can strongly recommend they wear one and discuss with them the risks they face by not wearing a helmet. Remember to set a good example by wearing a helmet yourself.
If a child wants to wear his/her helmet but is worried about being teased at school what should I do?
Discuss with the school the possibility of inviting a local road safety officer, local police officer. Lincolnshire schools have policies in place that all children using cycles for school MUST wear a safety helmet. Talk to other parents so that your child won’t be the only one wearing a helmet.
Should adults wear helmets too?
Yes!
My child has a particularly small/large head. Where can I get a helmet to fit him/her?
There are occasions when it can be difficult to find the right sized helmet for your child but do check with your nearest helmet stockist and they may be able to help you.
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