Yorkshire schemes acclaimed in international awards scheme
Three road safety initiatives with a Yorkshire connection have been recognised in the 2015 Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards scheme.
The South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, North Yorkshire Police Traffic Bureau (pictured above) and Carillion Morgan Sindall, working on behalf of Highways England with North Yorkshire Police, all received their awards at the annual awards’ luncheon on 8 December.
The Prince Michael Awards, organised and managed by RoadSafe, recognise outstanding road safety achievement and innovation worldwide.
The South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership received the award for its educational programmes, including the Lifewise Centre, which itself was the recipient of a Prince Michael Award in 2012.
The partnership is a police-led collaboration formed of senior representatives from 12 authorities, including city and district councils, a primary health-care trust, highways authorities and The Peak Park Planning Authority,
It coordinates efforts to promote safer roads and reduce casualties across South Yorkshire and runs a number of outreach and educationally- based road safety programmes.
The North Yorkshire Police Traffic Bureau was recognised for its “careful intelligence-led deployment” of mobile cameras following a feasibility study, conducted in June 2011, into the benefits and practical considerations of cameras.
Since then the number of offences captured by NYPTB cameras has increased from 1,200 per month in 2011 to 4,400 per month in 2015. NYPTB says this acts as a deterrent to speeding motorists and, significantly, the number of people killed or seriously injured has fallen from 76 in 2009 to 62 in 2014.
Carillion Morgan Sindall, working on behalf of Highways England and with North Yorkshire Police, was highly commended for its A1 Leeming to Barton Large Good Vehicles Safety Strategy Through Road Works project.
The 19-month collaboration between Carillion Morgan Sindall, North Yorkshire Police, Highways England and RedSpeed International produced a hierarchical five-point change process - a combination of enforcement, awareness and education to deliver a cultural change in large goods vehicles driver behaviour through road works.
The scheme is proving to be successful with a 94% reduction in width and weight violations through road works, made possible through technological change to existing average speed cameras with dual enforcement capability.