Drop in road accidents

The number of road traffic collisions has dropped in the first four months of the year, as the police continue their focus on road safety.

So far this year there has been 80 road traffic collisions where people have sustained an injury, which are 12 less than during the same period in 2011.

Of those a quarter were classified as serious injury road collisions.

In January the States of Jersey Police launched Operation Road Runner focusing on the fatal four causes of death and serious injury on our roads. They are drink driving, not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone and speeding.

Chief Inspector John Sculthorp said: "The States of Jersey Police are committed to reducing the numbers of people hurt on our roads and the latest figures are certainly encouraging.

"However we won't be resting on our laurels as recent events have shown that we are still not getting the message to some people who continue to drive irresponsibly. Therefore every day officers will be out in the parishes tackling the fatal four.

Officers now also have a new suite of equipment which helps them in the investigation of RTCs. The new kit enables specialist collision investigators build 2 and 3D plans of a scene in a much reduced timeframe. This means it speeds up the investigation process and that roads can be reopened quicker. The equipment can also be used to identify potentially dangerous road layouts and therefore help inform road engineering decisions to improve road safety.

The new equipment can also be used in other investigations which need a model, or where an environment needs to be surveyed.

CI Sculthorp said: "Although the number of road collisions involving injury has dropped, we are committed to reducing the number even further.

"This new equipment gives officers a more effective and efficient way of dealing with road traffic collision investigations and eventually to tackle the causes behind them.


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