The Road Policing Unit is responsible for policing the county’s roads – and is committed to making the county safer by reducing casualties, targeting criminals and increasing confidence.
Reducing road casualties
Lancashire has achieved significant reductions in the number of people killed and injured on our roads and we are committed to reducing them even further. Serious road traffic collisions have a significant and often life-changing impact upon those involved and their families.
Our strategy uses a problem solving approach to making our roads safer. It does so by engagement, education, enforcement, engineering and evaluation in relation to:
• Vulnerable road users Fatal Four Leaflet
• The main causes of collisions
• The location of ‘hotspots’
• Collision investigation
Main causes of collisions
The main causes of road collisions and injuries are;
• Drink / drug driving
• Mobile phone use
• Not wearing a seatbelt
These are termed the ‘Fatal Four’. These, as well as poor driver behaviour and irresponsible driving, are the main causes of collisions and we prioritise enforcement around these areas.
We very much support the ethos of educating motorists in order to change their behaviour and achieve habitual compliance with road traffic law. We therefore offer educational courses as an alternative to prosecution, subject to motorist’s previous offending history. Course offers are made for a range of offences including:
• Driving whilst using a mobile phone
• Negligent use of traffic signs and pedestrian rights including failing to conform to red traffic signals, signs, lines and crossings and careless driving.
• Not wearing your seatbelt
• Speeding offences
ANPR and Targeting Criminals
As well as targeted patrols on specific routes, officers run local operations in areas where residents have raised concerns and use new technology such as ANPR to monitor vehicles using the county’s road network. This includes actively targeting criminals travelling through and across Lancashire, such as motorists involved in serious and organised crime and terrorism or those who are driving anti-socially or putting other road users in jeopardy.
Find out more about how we are making Lancashire’s roads safer – visit www.lancashire.police.uk/safercommunities/roadspolicing