Objective 3 - To deliver our part of the Welsh Government Road Safety Framework.
Where are new now?
We deal with the consequences of Road Traffic Collisions (RTC) and the impact theyhave 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 2014, there were a total of 8,208 reported casualties as a result of RTCs - 103 people were killed and 1,160 people were seriously injured in Wales.
Recent figures released for the April 2016 year show that Road Traffic Collisions in Wales are not achieving the causality reduction targets set out in the Wales Road Safety Framework. The Key Strategic Indicators on Welsh roads set by Welsh Government is set at a target of 40% and the current figure is reported at 21%.
What are we planning to do and why?
The Welsh Government’s Road Safety Framework sets out road safety targets up to 2020. As a Service, we are a key partner in enabling the Welsh Government achieve their target by delivering effective road safety interventions and targeting the right areas, in the right way, to reduce deaths and serious injuries.
The three Fire and Rescue Services in Wales 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 we will focus our interventions on Young People, Motorcyclists, and Older Drivers.
How and when are we going to deliver this?
Throughout 2018-2019 we will:
- Support the Welsh Government review of the Welsh Road Safety Framework by contributing to each of the review work streams. MAWWFRS will be responsible for delivering on the Behavioural Change element of the Strategy Review and will present its findings to Welsh Government by the end of the year.
- Host a Road Safety event that will bring together our Road Safety Partners in Wales to engage with a range of drivers on key safety messages such as the FATAL 5.
- Deliver activities to improve the safety of motorcyclists on our roads through encouraging participation on Motorcycle Safety Courses.
- 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.
- Utilise Immersive Experiences through technology to better present the dangers from driving irresponsibly.
How will we measure success?
Throughout 2018-2019 we will:
- Use national data on Road Traffic Collisions and Injuries to monitor the outcomes of all road safety interventions.
- Develop our interventions through post intervention evaluation.
- 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 (age 16-24) killed and seriously injured on Welsh roads by 2020.
- Regularly report on progress through the Wales CFOA Road Safety Group.
What will this mean to you?
An increased awareness of the dangers from irresponsible driving, resulting in less accidents, leading to safer roads within mid and west Wales and beyond.
Which Well-being goals does this objective align to?