Almost one in seven people in Nottinghamshire want drivers who speed or fail to wear seatbelts to face tougher penalties to increase safety on the county’s roads, a new survey reveals.
A total of 276 people across the county responded to a nationwide survey by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), which is chaired by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping.
The survey is the largest ever conducted by the APCC and the responses have been fed into a consultation on roads policing led by the Department for Transport (DfT).
The results showed 59.78% of Nottinghamshire residents surveyed witness road traffic offences including drivers using a mobile phone, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt on a daily basis while 21.74% report witnessing them on a weekly basis. Only 4.35% of respondents said they saw offences rarely take place.
On the question of whether harsher penalties should be introduced to target illegal motoring in their area, 68% either agreed or strongly agreed.
Meanwhile, more than 80% of participants agreed or strongly agreed more enforcement was needed on the roads where they live.
Commenting on the results, Paddy Tipping said: “Road safety – particularly speeding – is raised time and time again by local people during my engagement meetings around the county and there is no denying the detrimental impact it has on quality of life.
“The survey drew an incredible response from the public and highlighted the huge support for increased enforcement and harsher penalties on Nottinghamshire’s roads to reduce road deaths and serious injuries. It also makes perfect sense to local people that the revenue generated from this activity goes back into saving lives.
“We will be working closely with Alison Hernandez, APCC lead for road safety and PCC for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and her team to follow up this issue now that the findings have been submitted to the DfT for consideration.”
The survey showed most Nottinghamshire residents are in favour of reinvesting the money raised through fixed penalty fines into enforcement and road safety measures, with 56.88% strongly agreeing and 31.52% agreeing.
Surprisingly, less than half of those interviewed from Nottinghamshire said they felt safe or very safe on the county’s roads at 42.75%. A total of 6.16% said they felt very unsafe.
The results come as new DfT figures show that 1,752 people were killed in Great Britain last year in road accidents, of these 287 were children or young people. Although a 2% drop on the previous year, the number of fatalities has remained broadly similar year on year since 2010, which followed a period of substantial reductions in casualties.
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Posted on Monday 26th October 2020