An ambitious vision to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on North Yorkshire and York’s roads to as close to zero as possible is being launched.
A new Safer Roads Strategy from the York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership will bring together key organisations from across the city and the county and focus on four areas – safer road users, safer vehicles, safer roads and learning lessons post-crashes.
The aim is to identify those most at risk and ensure everyone works together to do everything possible to keep them as safe as possible.
It will include ongoing engagement and specific projects, such as the recently launched Christmas Drink and Drug Drive Campaign.
North Yorkshire and York has around 6,000 miles of busy rural and urban roads and road safety efforts have already reduced the number of those killed or seriously injured by 26 per cent in the five years to 2019, in stark contrast to an upwards national trend.
North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Zoë Metcalfe is welcoming the new Strategy:
“Roads are essential to our everyday lives and it is vital they are as safe as they can be for everyone who uses them. We can only do this by working together which is why our partnership approach is the right one to share resources and expertise.
“We will ensure the views of communities are heard throughout the process. Those who live and work alongside our roads and use them everyday know the challenges, by listening to them, and working to put in place solutions, we can begin our journey to Vision Zero.”
Mark Pannone, Assistant Chief Constable for Specialist Operations at North Yorkshire Police, said:
“As Police Officers we see too much devastation on our roads, and too many lives shattered as a result.
“Our message for this year’s Drink and Drug Drive campaign is ‘we want you to live’, and this is true for every single day of the year – it’s why we do what we do.
“The drink and drug drive campaign is one of our Fatal 5 strands of the York and North Yorkshire Safer Roads Strategy. The strategy is very much welcomed as it sets out our total commitment to make sure our roads are as safe as they possibly can be for all drivers, riders, passengers and pedestrians.”
“The strategic road network is a vital national asset, supporting economic growth, regional development and employment opportunities across England and the rest of the UK. It connects families, communities and businesses, enriching the lives of many citizens. Billions of miles are travelled on our roads each year. The vast majority of these are safe and reliable journeys. We have high levels of safety on our network; but more can be achieved. We look forward to working with our partners on the new strategy for York and North Yorkshire.”
You can read the full strategy at www.roadwise.co.uk.