The DfT has launched two new road safety websites, the Road Safety Observatory and the Road Safety Comparison website.
Both sites were commitments made in the Strategic Framework for Road Safety, published in May 2011.
The Road Safety Observatory gives road safety professionals and practitioners access to empirical road safety research with summaries in ‘plain English’ and will be updated as and when new research is published.
The Observatory project has been part-funded by the DfT and run by a board which includes representatives from RoadSafe, PACTS, RoSPA, RAC Foundation, ADEPT, Road Safety GB, the South West Health Observatory, ACPO and the AA.
The Road Safety Comparison site is designed to help the public and road safety professionals compare the road safety performance of local authorities. The site shows how a local highway authority is performing by putting collision and casualty numbers into context.
By setting those numbers against population, traffic levels, road length, and authority spend a set of indicators have been produced which show performance over the last seven years and where that authority stands against others.
The site also provides a mapping facility that can be filtered so that a user can, for example, see how many cyclists or children have been involved in collisions on a particular road.
Launching the two new websites, Stephen Hammond, road safety minister, said: “The new comparison website will give local residents a more accurate picture of their council’s performance in reducing road casualties and will allow councils to make more meaningful assessments of the work they are doing to improve road safety.
“If a council is performing particularly well then I want to see them sharing best practice with others so that they can improve and people across the country can benefit.
“In addition, the Road Safety Observatory will be a valuable resource for all those with an interest in road safety by providing a one-stop-shop for road safety research.”
User guides are available on both sites but the DfT is offering further support on how to use the sites, as well as welcoming any feedback.
For more information contact Dave Hammond at the DfT on 0207 944 6436.