The police and crime commissioner for Cambridgeshire is funding a new county-wide road safety post.
Announced in a press release on Tuesday (17 Jan), PCC Jason Ablewhite (pictured) says the new police casualty reduction officer post is designed to help reduce the number of collisions on Cambridgeshire’s roads.
Mr Ablewhite added that the new officer will lead on the educational element of road safety campaigns such as ‘drink drive’ and ‘THINK!’, on behalf of Cambridgeshire Police.
The successful candidate will also work with partner agencies to influence the way people behave when they drive, cycle or walk near roads.
The move is seen as a positive step for road safety education, training and publicity (ETP) in Cambridgeshire, with the new officer likely to be in post from spring 2017.
PCC Jason Ablewhite said: “The social and economic cost of road collisions is felt by a wide range of statutory and non-statutory agencies, not just the emergency services immediately involved, but those in the healthcare system who are responsible for helping people recover.
“This new role provides an important resource to help educate people about keeping safe on our roads.”
Chief constable Alec Wood, Cambridgeshire Police, said: “Enforcement activity alone will not reduce fatal and serious collisions and it is vital we also focus our work on preventing them from happening in the first place.
“This role will form an important part of that work to change driver behaviour and save lives.”
Photo: Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire