On a visit to Queniborough, I met with Cllr James Poland and Cllr Dan Grimley. They took me to Main Street, just by the Briannia pub, to talk to me about speeding traffic and other road safety problems. Not only do some drivers race through the village at speeds far to high for safety, but some heavy goods vehicles ignore the weigh limits, bringing additional problems in their wake. The good people of Queniborough have suffered long enough. I want to see the police working with proactive councillors such as Dan and James to find innovative solutions that will reduce traffic speeds and improve road safety.
The number of casualties on UK roads has been falling for decades, from 6,352 killed on the roads in 1979 to 1,784 in 2017 – but over the past few years that decline has halted. We need to take action to get the decline started again. I would like to see the police in Leicestershire
- Continue to work with the Road Safety Partnership to prioritise the Fatal Four Strategy;
- Co-operate with local councillos, Neighbourhood Watch and Parish Councils to identify problem areas;
- Build on the Community Speed Watch programme, especially in rural areas, targetting repeat offenders;
- Target problem stretches of road with randomised police visits to result in prosecutions which will be publicised locally to act as deterrents, ensuring that there are no roads where it is thought safe to speed or drink-drive;
- Work with our partners to ensure appropriate traffic regulations such as speed limits, speed cameras and road designs as well as appropriate signage;
- Think about a new stretegy in the medium term to look for innovative new ideas to improve the safety of roads in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.