Local residents will notice an increased police presence on our roads next week in reaction to community concerns around speeding vehicles.
The week of road safety activity will coincide with busier roads due to the further easing of lockdown, and the United Nations’ Global Road Safety Week which runs from 17th to 23rd May
Officers from Leicestershire Police’s Roads Policing Unit, the Safer Roads Team, Neighbourhood Policing Teams and safety camera vehicle staff will join forces for the operation, which begins on Monday.
The London School of Economics (LSE) have recently analysed 20 years of collision data to help the Metropolitan Police understand how they might use their resources more effectively to prevent road and vehicle related harm in their communities.
The LSE research shows that vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and other powered two wheeler users are consistently over represented in all killed and seriously injured (KSI) categories. Early indications from the LSE research strongly indicates that these deaths and injuries are most likely to occur on low speed, local neighbourhood roads.
According to our latest 2019 casualty figures 173 vulnerable road users were killed or seriously injured on the roads of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Jonathan Clarkson, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership spokesperson said, “As lockdown eases further and roads continue to get busier, it’s imperative that everyone uses them safely and stays within the speed limits.”
“With increased traffic on the roads and areas getting busier for the summer, Leicestershire Police will do everything in their power to keep communities and road users safe.”