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PCC calls road safety meeting
A TOP level meeting has been called by Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner to review road safety following the latest death on the county’s roads.
Martyn Underhill has called a meeting on September 22 to potentially rewrite the road safety strategy to address the number of serious and fatal accidents.
The total number of deaths on Dorset’s roads has reached 18 already this year. Last year there were 25 in total.
Mr Underhill, who has made the issue one of his priorities, said: “I’m very concerned about the potential increase in road deaths we are seeing.
“We need to change our focus and that’s why I have called a seminar in September to bring all the partners around the table to review the strategy for keeping people safe on the roads.
“I can find no evidence to suggest it is linked to the reduction in traffic officers but it is clear there is potentially a rise in the number of people being killed or seriously injured on our roads.
“Funding has been cut dramatically – from £2.5m to around £500,000, and that means we need to rewrite our strategy.”
He added: “I am very interested in getting health agencies more involved as well.
There is evidence that some of these incidents have been linked to health issues and I think there is a bigger role for these authorities to play.
“We need to engage GP surgeries as well and look at the situation as a whole.”
So far 18 people have lost their lives in accidents including:
• On February 24, 16-year-old Jade Clark from Ringwood died after a crash on the A31 near the Ashley Heath roundabout.
• On June 11, 23-year-old Sophie Crew, of Puddletown Road, Wareham, was killed when her silver Mini Cooper was in collision with a school coach carrying pupils from Queen Elizabeth School (of whom 26 suffered minor injuries) on the B3078 near Horton.
• On July 12, 33-year-old Danny Mulford, from Dibden in Hampshire, died in a crash as he walked along the A31 at Ashley Heath towards his father’s home in St Leonards.
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