Collisions on the road are one of the leading causes of death in the UK. Many of these incidents could easily be prevented by driving more safely.
Many fatal or serious collisions on our roads can be linked to what we call the 'Fatal Four'. These are:
- excessive or inappropriate speed
- using handheld devices, such as a mobile phone, while driving
- not wearing a seat belt
- driving whilst impaired by alcohol, illegal drugs or prescribed drugs
We hope that by targeting those who persist on ignoring these potentially fatal risks, we can prevent people being killed or seriously injured. You can follow our work through our latest news and campaigns, and by following @HantsPolRoads on Twitter.
If you would like to support our road safety messages and help to raise awareness of the Fatal Four you can download the symbols for your vehicles and find out more on the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Project Pictogram pages.
Excessive or inappropriate speed
Speed is one of the main factors in fatal road collisions:
- the risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than at 30mph
- fatal accidents are four times more likely on rural 'A Roads' than urban 'A Roads'
More information on speed limits can be found on Gov.uk.
Using handheld devices while driving
Even careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text – a split-second lapse in concentration could result in a crash:
- you are four times more likely to crash if you use a mobile phone while driving
- reaction times for drivers using a phone are around 50 per cent slower than normal driving
Not wearing a seatbelt
Approximately 2,000 people a year are saved by wearing seat belts. In the event of an accident, if unrestrained, you will hit the windscreen, or the front seat in the case of a rear seat passenger, at a force of 30 to 60 times your own body weight.
For drivers, you are twice as likely to die in a collision if you don't wear a seat belt. Seat belts are:
- 50% effective at preventing fatal injuries
- 45% effective at preventing serious injuries
- 25% effective at preventing minor injuries
For front seat passengers, seat belts are:
- 45% effective at preventing fatal or serious injuries
- 20% effective at preventing minor injuries
Drink or drug-driving
Each month across Hampshire and Thames Valley, just under 400 drivers are caught drink driving. Every year over 140 people are killed or seriously injured as a result of alcohol across this area.
Combining alcohol and illegal drugs together is a deadly combination which can make a person 23 times more likely to be involved in a fatal collision.
The Safer Roads Unit is committed to making roads safer through intelligence-led speed enforcement. To achieve this, we carry out speed enforcement on roads where road users have been injured or where communities are concerned about the speed of vehicles.
Mobile speed enforcement is carried out using our fleet of police safety camera vans. There are also a number of fixed speed and traffic signal cameras in operation across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. These are being upgraded to the latest digital technology. In addition to speeding, our officers detect additional road traffic offences including failure to wear seat belts and the use of mobile phones.
To find out the locations of our safety cameras, the number of traffic offences detected, and where road users have been injured, please visit TraffWeb.
Further advice and support
Safe Drive Stay Alive - brings to life of stage the harrowing stories of devastation caused by dangerous driving with the aim of saving young lives. This innovative theatre education project hosts productions across Hampshire and Thames Valley, encouraging young people aged between 17 and 24 to be safe on the road.
Older Drivers Forum - aims to help more mature motorists stay safe on the roads for longer.
THINK! - national campaign that provides road safety information for road users in a bid to reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads.
The Highway Code - Essential reading for all road users.
If you would like to speak to us about a speeding offence, a notice of intended prosecution, or a conditional offer please contact the Summary Justice Unit, PO Box 112, Winchester, SO23 7YY. You can also call 01962 814 800 (lines are open 10am to 3pm, Monday to Friday) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.