Driving is something many of us do every day, but it’s a fact that the more we drive, the less conscious we can become about it. Many accidents could be avoided if motorists avoided complacency and appreciated the responsibility that comes with driving. Inattention or deliberate breach of driving laws could result in the death or serious injury of another road user. The public has a right to be able to use public roads safely - without fear. Derbyshire Constabulary works hard to protect road users through enforcement and education but motorists must also play their part in keeping Derbyshire’s roads safe.
What is road safety?
Road safety aims to encourage safer behaviour on the county’s roads and ultimately reduce the number of people killed or injured every year. Road deaths and injuries should never be viewed as inevitable. Effective accident prevention education and personal accountability can safeguard all road users whether pedestrians, cyclists, drivers or their passengers.
What are the biggest risks to road safety?
The four biggest factors that contribute to serious or fatal road accidents are:
- Alcohol / drug driving
- Seatbelts and child car seats
- Mobile phones
How do I report road safety issues?
If you are worried about a road safety issue in your area, contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team on 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police. If your concern is related to potholes, faulty street lights, road obstructions or flooding, contact your local authority. If you suspect someone is drink or drug driving call Derbyshire Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Where can I get road safety advice?
Advice on road safety can be found on the Think.gov website.
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 provides powers for the Police and Crime Commissioner to award grants to any organisation or body he considers will support the community safety priorities within his police and crime plan, such as tackling drugs and crime, reducing re-offending and providing support for victims and witnesses.
Derbyshire Victim Services
From April 2016 Derbyshire Victim Services will be a commissioned provider of general victim services to those affected by crime in the Derbyshire area. If you have ever been the victim of crime, or have been affected by a crime committed against someone close to you, Derbyshire Victim Services can provide all the help and support you need. Their local team offers a friendly, free and confidential service to anyone living in Derbyshire. It doesn’t matter if you reported the crime to the Police or not they are here to help you with any practical advice and emotional support.
Text CORE to 82055
Below are a range of other organisations that will be able to provide advice and support: