Borough Insight

National Speed Awarness campaign

“Share the roads responsibly. slow down and save lives.”
 
This is the message that Drive SMART – The Surrey Safer Roads Partnership, will be reminding the public of, as they continue work to combat the high speeds taking place on the county’s roads.

Drive SMART will be supporting the National Police Chiefs’ Council Fatal Four National Speed Campaign, taking place throughout May 2020.

For more information visit the Surrey Police website: https://www.surrey.police.uk/news/surrey/news/2020/05/share-the-roads-responsibly.-slow-down-and-save-lives/

This week marks the beginning of two weeks of a National campaign of Speed awareness, education and enforcement on the roads around Surrey.

Since the lockdown we have all seen quieter roads and therefore, unavoidably reports of an increase in vehicle speeds.

We have also seen an increase in cyclists and walkers using the highway due to the good weather and requirement to remain away from work.

The issue of speeding drivers is always controversial; split between those who feel we should be out and about as much as possible monitoring traffic, slowing drivers down and those who feel we have 'better things to do'.

The Surrey Police Casualty Reduction team's primary role is road safety and a large proportion of that is focussed on speed, mobile phone use, drink and drug driving and failing to wear your seatbelt - these are known as the 'fatal four'.

You should see an increased presence on the roads over the next two weeks - please remember:

  • The speed limit is just that - a limit NOT a target
  • It takes twice the distance to stop at 50mph than it does at 30mph
  • Using a phone behind the wheel has been likened to being twice the drink drive limit with regards to concentration and reaction time
  • Your seatbelt is there to protect you and others - belt up or cough up!
  • Don't drink or use drugs before getting behind the wheel - it could mean the end of someone's life
  • Be safe

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