Safer Roads

Prioritise and tackle the areas of highest harm and risk: speeding, mobile phones, drunk and drug driving and seat belts.

Safer Roads is one of the PCCs six key priorities

The PCC will work with the Chief Constable and partners to:

  • Invest in analytical capability necessary to identify risks and threats on the road network.
  • Support social media strategies that promote safer driving.
  • Improve signposting to enable parishes, towns, schools, individuals, and communities to share their concerns about road safety issues in their locality.
  • Work with the community and local elected members of all parties to tackle road safety concerns in our communities.
  • Adopt a Vision Zero approach to reduce deaths and serious injuries from our roads.
  • Encourage, develop and support volunteer action to improve road safety such as community speed watch and junior road safety.
Joy Allen with Speed camera van
Durham PCC Logo
  • Enhance support for victims of road traffic accidents and families.
  • Take enforcement action and educate those who endanger the lives of road users and pedestrians and support tougher sentences for dangerous driving.
  • Lobby for educational programmes to be used alongside enforcement/ criminal prosecution for more serious categories of road traffic offences.
  • Ensure resources allocated to policing the strategic roads network are sufficient and be satisfied that effective partnership arrangements are in place.
  • Lobby the government to ensure a more effective, efficient, and sustainable forensic collision capability.
  • Campaign for the government to allow local retention of income from enforcement to be directed towards local road safety initiatives.
  • Work with the Chief Constable to introduce as soon as practicable Operation Snap and encourage drivers to purchase dash cams. This initiative uses video footage from road users to pursue dangerous drivers.
  • Continue to invest in Operation Endurance to tackle the menace of off‐road bikes and take enforcement against illegal e‐scooters
  • Work with the local authorities on road safety improvements that would reduce speeding.
Joy Allen with community speed watch