Where are new now?
We deal with the consequences of Road Traffic Collisions (RTC), and the impact they have on human life and our communities on a daily basis as we rescue significantly more injured people from RTCs than from fires. Education and intervention is key to reducing the number of RTCs on our roads and the Service has a shared role in delivering this along with other road safety partners.
Even though road safety has improved considerably in recent years, in 2013, there were a total of 8,335 reported casualties as a result of RTCs - 111 people were killed and 1,033 people were seriously injured in Wales.
What are we planning to do and why?
The Welsh Government’s Road Safety Framework sets out road safety targets until 2020. As a Service we are instrumental in contributing to the Welsh Government achieving their targets by delivering effective road safety interventions and targetting the right areas, in the right way, to reduce deaths and serious injuries.
The Welsh Fire and Rescue Services have developed a Road Safety Strategy for 2015-2020 to support the aims of Welsh Government’s Road Safety Framework for Wales. We have identified what we can do to support our partners and in and we will focus our interventions on Motorcyclists, Young People and Older Drivers.
We will use our resources to deliver road safety activities that we are in a unique position to have a positive impact upon and we will not use our valuable resources to duplicate aspects of road safety already successfully delivered by our partners.
How and when are we going to deliver this?
- We will deliver activities to improve the safety of motorcyclists on our roads through encouraging participation on Motorcycle Safety Courses.
- We will develop a Multi-Agency Road Safety Youth Intervention Course that will target those young people who have been identified as being of high risk due to their behaviour on the roads.
- Target road safety education activities and intervention at older drivers.
How will we measure success?
We will use national data on road traffic collisions and injuries to monitor the outcomes of all road safety interventions and we will develop our interventions through post intervention evaluation.
We will use the targets contained within the Welsh Government Road Safety Framework for Wales:
- A 40% reduction in the total number of people killed and seriously injured on Welsh roads by 2020.
- A 25% reduction in the number of motorcyclists killed and seriously injured on Welsh roads by 2020.
- A 40% reduction in the number of young people (aged 16-24) killed and seriously injured on Welsh roads by 2020.
What will this mean to you?
Safer roads within mid and west Wales.