With the number of people being killed or seriously injured on Gloucestershire’s roads steadily increasing, the Liberal Democrats are calling for the County Council to get a grip of road safety.
2022 has already seen the loss of 14 people on our county’s roads, with around 100 seriously injured. While the number of deaths is tragically high this year, the general trend in our county has not improved in recent years.
Nationally, deaths and serious injuries are declining, yet in Gloucestershire the number of killed or seriously injured on our roads has actually increased in the last decade. So much so, that Gloucestershire is in the bottom 5 per cent of Local Authorities in Britain for reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured between 2011 and 2019.
2021 saw 22 deaths and 302 serious injuries on our roads. 2020 saw 23 deaths and 254 injuries. 2019 was 20 deaths and 297 serious injuries.
The Liberal Democrats are therefore bringing a motion to Full Council on 18 May to highlight this alarming trend, and to call for a dramatic change in our management of the roads.
Proposer of the motion, Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, said:
“Road safety is one of the top areas of concern for my residents, and for good reason. Regardless of location, urban or rural, people are worried that simply moving throughout the county isn’t safe.
“Over the last decade, hundreds of lives have been lost and thousands of lives will never be the same, yet in Gloucestershire this issue is actually getting worse over time, not better. Just this year 14 people have already died on our county’s roads!
“Something needs to change, and we’re calling for this County Council to get a grip of our dangerous roads.”
Seconder of the motion, Roger Whyborn, said:
“We’re pleased to see that the County Council is taking some action on road safety, but we’re extremely worried that they are taking the wrong approach. More centralisation of decision making, closed forums and no proposals for ongoing dialogue with the public – this is not the way to improve road safety.
“We need to move away from reactive policy decisions towards proactive road safety initiatives in dialogue with our communities. Only that will deliver the lasting change our residents deserve.”