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Road Safety

Road Safety Partnership Campaign

A major road safety partnership campaign, aimed at significantly cutting the number of people killed and seriously injured on local roads, was launched at Kingston Maurward College in January 2010.

The 'no excuse' project originally combined extra police and safety camera enforcement on the roads with hard-hitting publicity and education campaigns in a joint effort to reduce the suffering caused by bad and careless driving in the county.

The initiative is led by Dorset Road Safe, a partnership including Dorset County Council, Dorset Police, Dorset Fire and Rescue, Dorset Road Safe (Enforcement), Public Health Dorset, the South Western Ambulance Trust, the Highways Agency and Bournemouth and Poole borough councils. 

For more information on 'no excuse' visit the Dorset Road Safe website. 

The Road Safety Team aim to reduce the number and severity of road accidents on Poole's Roads through engineering and education.

Reporting highway safety issues

If you wish to report an obstruction on the highway please complete our Road and Pavement Obstructions Report It form.

Obstructions caused by licensed motor vehicles on the highway (e.g. blocking access to a driveway) are dealt with by the Police, who can be contacted on their non-emergency number 101.

Reporting a carriageway defect

If you wish to report a defect on the carriageway please complete our Road and Pavement Problems report It form.

It will help us if you can provide as much detail as possible such as:

  • Street name and adjacent property number
  • type of defect and extent of damage
  • If vandalism or road traffic collision, car registration details, Police Incident No. and date witnessed
  • Your name and contact number.

This form is the quickest way to contact us during office hours (08:30 - 17:15 Monday to Thursday and 08:30 - 16:45 on Friday), alternatively, you may call us on 01202 265255. In the case of an emergency out of office hours, please call 0800 506050.

Casualty Reduction Targets

In May 2011, the Department for Transport published a Strategic Framework for Road Safety which set a series of road safety indicators until 2020. The Dorset Road Safe Partnership has set out plans to exceed the national road safety indicators by adopting a target of 4% per annum reduction in fatal and serious injuries (KSIs) by 2020 based on the average for 2005-09.

Road Accident Casualties in Poole

 All Ages Casualties

YEAR

Fatal

Serious

Slight

Total

1994-98 Ave

4

64

600

668

1998

3

60

610

673

1999

5

54

593

652

2000

7

42

600

647

2001

2

46

616

664

2002

7

55

655

717

2003

7

63

734

804

2004

7

48

582

637

2005

3

67

621

691

2006

0

43

486

529

2007

4

60

514

578

2008

2009

2005-09 Ave

2010

2011

2012

2013

6

0

3

5

2

4

3

57

48

55

52

52

62

65

497

399

504

468

463

391

388

560

447

562

525

517

457

456

Target 2020

KSI's

35

454

489

 

Details of reported Road Traffic Collisions involving personal injury in Poole are collated by Dorset Police.


The 2013 Statistics for Poole

Note: "casualty" refers to an accident resulting in personal injury which can be fatal, serious or slight.

2013 Statistics for Poole

2013

Fatal

Serious

Slight

TOTAL

Collisions

3

63

288

354

Casualties

3

65

388

456

Pedestrians

1

10

25

36

Cyclists

0

14

58

72

Motor Cyclists

1

23

49

73

 

Driver Training

Dorset run Driver Refresher Courses for Older Drivers.

We support the work of a number of advanced driving groups like the Institute of Advanced Motorists and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). 

The following links may also be useful:

Dorset County Council Road Safety

Department for Transport 

Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency 

Road Safety GB

Association of Industrial Road Safety Officers

Community Transport Association   

Further information on minibus driver training can be obtained from the council's Passenger Transport Section.  

Advice on driver training is available to all local organisations who wish to improve the driving standards of their employees is available on the dorsetforyou website.

Benefits for employers;

The benefits of driver training for the employer include both tangible and non-tangible elements such as:

  • Reduced crash and injury rates for employees
  • Potential reduction in insurance premium
  • Reduced down time
  • Savings in fleet running costs, including maintenance and fuel
  • Reduced environmental impact on the local and wider community, leading to improved leading to improved quality of life for all
  • Enhanced environmental profile
  • Reduced health & safety problems
  • Fulfilling health & safety obligations
  • Sharing information outside your immediate circle of clients

Benefits for employees

Your employees may benefit from the following:

  • Reduced risk
  • Increased confidence
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Reduced conflict
  • Sharing information with friends and family
  • Having a greater awareness of their responsibility to other road users and of health & safety issues while on the road
  • A sense of personal responsibility to themselves as well as to others
  • Improved personal fuel economy
  • Reduced insurance claims
  • Potentially a reduction in insurance premiums

Contact us

Email
transportation@poole.gov.uk

Telephone
01202 262000

Address 
Transportation Services

The CIvic Centre

Poole

BH15 2RU