Reduction in serious crashes as we strive to keep roads safe 

Major collisions across the region have significantly fallen during the last three years as we continue our efforts to maintain the safety of vulnerable road users. 

There’s been a 30 per cent decrease in people being killed or seriously injured in collisions involving cyclists, motorbikes, pedestrians and cars across the West Midlands since 2018, according to latest figures. 

It comes as our Road Harm Prevention Team (RHPT) carry out daily operations to enforce the law and educate about the dangers of reckless driving to keep people safe. 

The figures show there were 1,011 killed or seriously injured casualties throughout 2018; 939 during 2019 and our figures for 2020 show a further reduction to 717.

This work to cut collision casualties across the West Midlands has also helped to reduce the strain on the NHS during the CoVID pandemic. 

Our Road Harm Reduction Unit is helping to cut the number of serious collisions
Our Road Harm Reduction Unit is helping to cut the number of serious collisions

The RHPT carries out a variety of operations - using plain-clothed and uniformed officers - ranging from targeted speed enforcement days to the nationally acclaimed Op Close Pass to raise awareness and prosecute those who travel too close to cyclists. 

They are also behind other operations such as Zig Zag - where action is taken against those who speed near pedestrian crossings - and Safer Junction where we target hotspots where road users and pedestrians are both at risk of being injured by dangerous driving.

These operations are alongside the daily monitoring of routes and other driving offences which put safety at risk such as driving while using a mobile phone.

The unit works alongside neighbourhood policing teams, Transport for West Midlands, local authorities, other emergency services and third sector agencies to help keep the roads safe.

Sergeant Jon Butler, who leads the RHPT, said: “Dangerous and illegal driving can have serious or even fatal consequences.

“We know the long-lasting impact it can have on communities so we’ve invested in extra officers to enable us to increase our activities to maintain the safety of vulnerable road users and pedestrians.

“We’re both enforcing the law and educating around the dangers of reckless behaviour on our roads. 

“Even during the unprecedented last year we’ve continued to see a regular volume of road users. Hopefully we’ll continue to see a cut in collisions over the coming years as a result of the ongoing efforts between us and our partners." 

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