Dr Dan Poulter, MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, has been named by Brake as Westminster’s Road Safety MP of the Month for July 2015, for his work to tackle speeding on country roads in his constituency.
Dr Poulter helped launch SAVID (Safer Village Driving) at the start of July, a project bringing together seven villages in his constituency to tackle excessive driving speeds in their communities.
SAVID will be taking ideas and concerns from local residents about speeding and looking to address the issue, putting forward plans for action over the next 12 months. The campaign also engages the local police, highways and district and county councils, and Brake is optimistic that it could be a model that other communities with speeding issues can follow.
Ed Morrow, campaigns officer at Brake, said: “Through our work supporting local campaigns across the country, we are well aware that many rural communities are desperately concerned about traffic speed on their roads.
“This work by Dr Poulter alongside local councillors, to bring the police, authorities and several villages together, shows how communities can mobilise to tackle speeding and defend their right to move about without fear.
“Hopefully SAVID will prove an inspiration for other communities – and send a message to drivers across Suffolk that driving too fast is dangerous, anti-social and unacceptable.”
Dr Poulter said: “Speeding and reckless driving on country roads is one of the most common problems experienced by rural communities.
“Road crashes frequently occur on narrow country lanes that are often not lit at night and have no footpaths. Unfortunately, speeding motorists often forget that rural roads do not belong exclusively to them but are also for the use of pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.
“In my constituency, councillor Tony Fryatt spearheaded a rural road safety campaign in bringing together local parishes, schools and the Suffolk Constabulary in order to provide ideas and initiatives in order to address this perennial problem. I was delighted to be asked to work with them and launch the SAVID campaign.”