Somerset County Council’s dedicated road safety team, Somerset Road Safety
Somerset Road Safety
Somerset County Council’s dedicated road safety team, Somerset Road Safety, is comprised of experienced road safety professionals committed to reducing the number of collisions and casualties on the county’s roads by promoting a Safe Systems approach to safe road use through education, advice and training, engineering, and enforcement.
Somerset Road Safety works in partnership with a wide variety of associates and is comprised of two teams; the Education, Training and Publicity (ETP) team and the Collision Investigation and Prevention (CIP) team.
The ETP team facilitates, coordinates and delivers workshops and presentations to all ages throughout Somerset, providing road safety advice and training to all types of road user from pre-school aged pedestrians, motorcyclists to post-retirement drivers wishing to drive safely for longer. Whilst a large proportion of ETP teams work is focused within schools and colleges, the team are also available to support ad hoc events run in the local community, where road safety advice would be welcomed.
The CIP team investigates fatal collisions within the county – defining causes and recommending suitable solutions through engineering, enforcement or education. The team also compiles data on every other injury collision in Somerset. This data is also used to develop engineering, enforcement or education strategies, including focusing the objectives of the ETP team.
Road Safety Strategy
Safe travel is an essential component of life within Somerset, in an effort to help ensure that no human is killed or seriously injured as the result of a road collision the County Council has adopted a Safe System approach to road safety.
In a Safe System there is a shared responsibility for preventing injury, not just between road users and enforcers but also those that design, build and manage roads or vehicles. It is also essential that good quality post-crash care is available should a serious collision occur.
For details on how we aim to achieve this please see the Road Safety Strategy document for 2017-2026. To download a copy of the strategy click here.Download the Road Safety Strategy
Agencies we work with This list of organisations we work with is constantly growing and we continue to engage with other groups who have an interest in road safety. In particular, Somerset Road Safety is looking to work with businesses large and small. Given the number of drivers who are involved in collisions while driving on business, it is vital that we help companies deal with managing occupational road risk.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary
Avon and Somerset Constabulary have a monthly thematic target approach to road policing across the area as well as an involvement in a variety of initiatives with communities, schools and road user groups. Enforcement of Road Traffic Regulations is one of many aspects that the police can bring to the coordinated approach to casualty reduction.Find out more
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue
Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service has a significant involvement in responding to road collisions and so makes a valuable contribution to a co-ordinated approach to tackling casualty reduction. The Chief Fire Officers Association is developing a national road safety strategy which can be adapted to suit local needsFind out more
Driver And Vehicle Standards Agency/ Driving Instructors Association/ Motorcycle Instructors
Educating new drivers/riders and continuing to improve driving standards is essential. Informing and encouraging drivers/riders to gain valuable experience at an early stage in their driving careers, will help avoid the high number of collisions involving inexperienced and young drivers/riders.Find out more
Institute Of Advanced Motorists/ RoSPA Advanced drivers/ Advanced Motorcycle Groups
Advanced driving/riding groups have a significant part to play in encouraging drivers and riders to improve their driving/riding standards. Volunteers help encourage other drivers to adopt a systematic approach and defensive driving/riding techniques which improve overall driving skills. An advanced driver or rider is up to 75% less likely to be involved in a collision.
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Emergency services such as the Ambulance Service play a significant role in attending collisions, treating casualties at the scene and getting them to hospital. Their response and actions have improved the survival rate of casualties. Reducing road casualties will help reduce the demands placed on the delivery of other aspects of the service they provide for the people of SomersetFind out more
This lifesaving service to the NHS is provided free of charge and is funded entirely by public donation and sponsorship. They are often referred to as blood bikes but do much more; transporting test samples, patient notes, X-rays, and other medical supplies. In 2007 they made approximately 2,000 deliveries, covering a distance of 85,000 miles.Find out more
Severn Major Trauma Operational Delivery Network
A trauma system is a model of care designed to care for patients with multiple serious injuries that could result in death or serious disability, including head injuries, life-threatening wounds and multiple fractures. Major trauma centres are set up to provide this specialised care; they are hubs that work closely with a series of local trauma units. Major trauma centres operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are staffed by consultant-led specialist teams with access to the best diagnostic and treatment facilities, including orthopaedics, neurosurgery and radiology teams.Find out more
Saves (Somerset Accident Voluntary Emergency Service)
SAVES is a registered charity (Charity No: 264354) that provides and supports a network of volunteer doctors to support the ambulance service in Somerset. The doctors have specialised training in the emergency management of trauma and medical conditions outside hospital. They respond to incidents at the request of ambulance control in their own cars carrying specialist equipment provided by SAVES.Find out more
Somerset Road Safety works with a wide range of audiences covering all aspects of road safety. In 2017 alone we spoke to over 25,000 people through local events and our wide range of courses and training. To find out what some of those people thought of our work please read the testimonials below.
I just wanted to say how much the children enjoyed the company of your colleagues yesterday. The teachers were very impressed with the ‘message’ and how it was shared.
Truck and Child Safety (T.A.C.S)
Just a brief note to say thank you for being instrumental…
Road Safety Day
My son attended the Bikeability last week. I wanted to say thank you…
Many thanks for the really enjoyable and helpful Max Rider course…
Max Rider testimonial
Thank you so much for giving up your time to come and inform and entertain our WI…
Route 60+ testimonial
On behalf of all the children and staff I would like to thank you…
It was very helpful to have my bad habits pointed out in a kindly way…
Route 60+ testimonial
Just a quick message to say thank you very much for coming into our school this week…