Calls for County Council to get a grip on Road Safety

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 9 people on our county’s roads, with more than 60 seriously injured. While the number of deaths is tragically anomalous 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 serious injuries on our roads is actually increasing and the number of deaths has stubbornly flat-lined. 

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 23 March 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 six people have died in my division alone!

“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.”

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