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
Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) is planning to launch a county-wide Community Speed Watch (CSW) initiative. This has been designed to empower local communities to tackle non-safety critical speeding issues. The new scheme looks to build on the success of previous initiatives including the passive signs used within ‘Parish Calm’ whilst addressing the shortcomings of manually deployed reactive signs used in ‘Parish Link’.
Over the past year, LRSP has been investigating ‘movable’ speed information signs, both ‘passive’ and ‘reactive’ with the intention of developing a new CSW for communities to deploy.
The reactive ‘dot matrix’ signs are powered by rechargeable batteries and attach to a bracket on a post, such as a lamp post, and are moveable between different brackets. It is envisaged that a community would purchase a number of brackets which would be permanently fixed to lamp posts and then rotate the reactive signs between the brackets as they wish. This allows for smaller parishes to share signs. These signs will be a replacement for the previously used ‘Parish Link’ initiative. The siting of the brackets would need to be agreed.
The intention of the scheme is that communities will be able to purchase either, or both, types of signs and move them about within their community at agreed locations; smaller parishes can share signs. The primary benefit is that communities have overall control of them, as they remain their property. In order to ensure the signs have an impact it is proposed they will not remain in any one place for more than a six week period.
The initial trial has been carried out of both passive and reactive signs on the B6403 Ermine Street Ancaster: this trial ran for two weeks. The whole three quarters of a mile through the village was treated with the signing system. There were two sites identified for the reactive sign, one at each end of the village. During the trial period the reactive sign was moved and recharged as proof of concept.
Speeding - what's your excuse?
The campaign targets drivers in their 20s and 30s.
The campaign targets drivers in their 20s and 30s, an age group that research has shown generally do not relate driving too fast will with an increased chance of being involved in a collision.
The adverts focus on excuses frequently given for speeding such as ‘Late for work? and ‘Running Late?’ alongside hard hitting visuals of the aftermath of road traffic collisions, to encourage the audience to make the connection between speeding and being involved in a collision.
Billboards, cinema advertising, internal train advertising, bus backs ran throughout the region throughout July 2006.
The radio version centres on the aftermath of a collision, where listeners heard emergency services trying to get an injured driver out of a crashed car, from the perspective of the victim.
This is the second year the campaign has been run. The adverts proved highly effective in 2005 with 85% of motorists who’d seen the posters saying they thought the advert was good.
Phrases used to describe the adverts included ‘Gets your attention’ (61%), ‘Makes you think’ (52%), ‘Shocking’ (48%), and ‘To the point’ (47%).
Driver alertness course
One-day theory and practical driving course for drivers who have been involved in a road traffic collision. Subjects include defensive driving, collision avoidance and hazard awareness.
When a motorist is involved in a Road Traffic collision and there is sufficient evidence for a prosecution for “Driving Without Due Care and Attention, or Driving Without Reasonable Consideration, contrary to Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, or similar offences, they may be given an option to attend a National Driver Alertness Course.
This is offered as an alternative to prosecution where the driver may receive a fine and penalty points on their driving licence. The conditions must also apply:
The driver must have a full license
There must not be any other outstanding offences relating to the same incident, which the police are prosecuting. E.G. no insurance
The offer must not be made within 3 years of an offence that to a previous Driver Alertness Course.
If a driver fails to attend or cancels a course, they would be referred back to the police for prosecution for the original offence
WHAT'S DRIVING US
Three-and-a-quarter hour theory course for drivers who have committed a road traffic offence such as using a mobile phone or driving through redlight traffic.
What’s Driving Us? is a new course, launched in April 2012 by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) under the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS) and has been put into place to give the Police discretion to offer drivers who commit certain road traffic offences e.g. using a mobile phone whilst driving or jumping a red traffic light, the opportunity to attend a course as an alternative to prosecution or the Fixed Penalty system of a fine and penalty points.
As drivers we don’t often get the chance to think about what we like and dislike about driving – or how other people’s driving affects us. What’s Driving Us? provides you the opportunity to address those issues.
Through presentations and discussions you will gain insight into the decisions that people make on the road. We don’t judge the way you drive, rather we encourage you to think about your driving in more detail.
The course welcomes people of all ages and all levels of driving experience. Courses are usually relaxed and people tell us that they enjoy taking part. There is no need for any special preparation: there are no tests and no driving is involved. By the end of the course, we hope that drivers will have a deeper understanding of how they can keep themselves and other people safe on the roads.