Bedford Road Safety Week 17 – 23 Nov

road safety week

Road Safety Week

Road Safety Week (17-23 November 2014) is the UK’s biggest road safety event, involving thousands of schools, organisations and community groups every year.

road safety week
road safety week

Brake, the road safety charity who are coordinating this week are asking everyone to look out for each other on roads, because being selfish can easily lead to tragedy.  They are particularly calling on drivers to protect people on foot and bike by slowing down to 20mph in communities, looking longer and taking it slow at junctions and bends, and giving people plenty of room. They are also calling on everyone to put safety first and be considerate to one another, encouraging people on foot and bike to never take chances, and make sure they can be seen.

Chief Inspector Richard Hann of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing unit said: “The roads can be dangerous and deaths and injuries often occur because no consideration is given to other road users.  Drivers, riders, cyclists, pedestrians and animals all share the road so I would urge all road users to look out for each other”.

Local authorities across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire will be delivering important key messages and education throughout this week.

Help spread the ‘look out for each other’ message, or raise awareness about any other road safety issue, by going to http://www.brake.org.uk/rsw and getting involved in Road Safety Week.

Road Survey in Maulden

You might have read about the Maulden Village Speed Watch before.  The general findings of recent speed monitoring by one of the local ‘SpeedWatch’ Teams.  This information has been posted on Maulden Voice (FB), and is in the public domain.

Each observation session covered about 2 hours. The number of sessions is not noted, but from information below was about 10 sessions, or 20 hours of observations at various times.

  • The locations included central Maulden and not just the entry / exit roads into the village.
  • More than half of the sessions were carried out when the road from Ampthill to Maulden was closed – so less ‘through traffic’ – and the schools were on holiday.

349 unique vehicles, in 365 events were recorded exceeding 35mph during these sessions.

  • 35% were driving at more than 10mph over the 30 limit.
  • 10 drivers were travelling over 50mph and 7 were over 60mph
  • 16 cars were recorded more than once.
  • A number of drivers were also spotted using their mobile phone – some of these were also speeding
  • The average number of vehicles recorded as speeding per session was 21, although two sessions recorded as many as 37.

If the Police had conducted these sessions, 79% (289) out of the 365 cars recorded exceeding 35mph probably would have been issued with a fixed penalty notice and probably 3 points on their licence.

Local Accidents and safety

To put that into perspective, there are many thousands of vehicle movements through the village every day.

You can see the accident history of the village on this map: UK ROAD ACCIDENTS SINCE 2005 by entering the village post code of “MK45” – which appears to show 23 incidents, including 5 serious injuries and one fatality in that period of 9 years. If you include the local major roads, that jumps to over 193 incidents in this post code area.

Maulden Village Area Road Safety Since 2005
Maulden Village Area Road Safety Since 2005

 

It is not just accidents

The perception of road safety is at least as important as the reality or statistics – the fear of road accidents for the young and the elderly affects their enjoyment of the village, and influences the quality of life around us.

Do your part

If you live in or near Maulden, PLEASE, drive under the speed limit. You will save, at best, a few seconds by speeding. You may lose your own life, have an accident that costs £000s, or injure or even kill another person. Accident rates and accident outcomes are very strongly influenced by speed.

Personal observation suggests that if I try to drive through the whole village at 29mph, I will be over taken at least twice by impatient drivers near the Dog and Badger or on Snow Hill. Please don’t be that person.

It should be obvious to slow down past shops, schools, pubs, recreation grounds and churches. I hope we all do, and pay extra attention to pedestrians in those areas.

Take extra care on Flitwick Road, especially at the junction of Abbey Lane as impatience can lead to pulling out in front of motorbikes or cars that are legitimately travelling at 59mph.

Help Educate Drivers

The SpeedWatch Team would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to play their part in trying to educate drivers and thereby hope to reduce the level of risk to the public.

Or join IAM and take some proper training yourselves?