Lincolnshire

First ever Lincolnshire safety summit to tackle deaths on county’s roads

Lincolnshire’s first ever road safety summit to address the tragic number of serious injuries and deaths on the county’s roads will take place later this year.

Minister of State for Transport John Hayes will attend and will join others to examine ways to tackle a problem which has plagued Lincolnshire for decades.

John Hayes

The summit, which will take place on November 3, will also bring together experts, key stakeholders, community groups, charities and enforcement agencies to look at best practice and projects from around the UK and Europe.

At the time of writing a location is yet to be confirmed.

Fifty nine people were killed on Lincolnshire’s roads in 2016 and 441 have been seriously injured in the past 12 months – the worst record since 2007 when 79 died.

Among the projects showcased at the event will be Operation Snap, the Welsh Force’s initiative to get the public to provide dashcam video of incidents they witness on the road to allow police to take appropriate action.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones. Photo: Lincolnshire Reporter

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones said:

“It is tragic that so many of our residents, both young and old, are losing their lives on the roads of Lincolnshire.

“We have 5,500 miles of road travelled by HGV’s, cars and agricultural vehicles as well as cyclists, horse riders and pedestrians and they all deserve consideration.

“There will be no easy solutions but that should not stop us doing everything we can to keep our communities safe.”