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					                                                                 Item No. 8 on the Agenda


              Development Services Scrutiny and Performance Panel
                               - 10 August 2006

                 Road Safety Member Working Group - Final Report

1.0 Recommendations

1.1 That the Development Services Scrutiny and Performance Panel note the Member
    Working Group’s final report on Road Safety and the conclusions and
    recommendations contained within.

1.2 That the Panel note the submission of the final report to the Directorate.

1.3 That the response to the recommendations is reported to the Scrutiny and
    Performance Panel when received.

2.0 Purpose of Report

2.1 To inform the Development Services Scrutiny and Performance Scrutiny Panel of
    the final report of the Scrutiny Review Group appointed to review Road Safety. A
    copy of the report is attached.

2.2 To advise the Developing and Supporting the Organisation Scrutiny Panel of the
    reports’ submission to the Directorate.

3.0 Background

3.1 The Development Services Scrutiny and Performance Panel appointed a Member
    Working Group to investigate the actions being taken to reduce road accidents
    particularly among the 16-25 age range.

3.2 During the course of the review, members received evidence from a variety of
    sources including officers and services involved in procurement.

3.3 The review commenced in November 2005 and the final report was agreed by
    members of the Review Group in May 2005.

3.4 As a result of their investigations, the review group have agreed six
    recommendations and the final report will now be submitted to the Directorate for
    their consideration.

4.0 Financial Implications

4.1 Any financial implications of the review and its recommendations will be addressed
    by the Directorate in their response.




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Report author:

Author’s Name:   Nick Pountney
Ext. No.:   6153
Room No.: 12 Martin Street, Stafford




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STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
DEVELOPMENT SERVICES SCRUTINY AND PERFORMANCE PANEL
MEMBER WORKING GROUP

ROAD SAFETY SCRUTINY REVIEW




INSIDE THIS REPORT




Conclusions and Recommendations


Background Information

      (a) Identification of the Issue
      (b) Process undertaken/Evidence gathering


Appendices

      (a) Interim Report – The Crash Course Bid




 Working Group Members

 Mr P. Beresford - Chairman
 Mrs M. Astle
 Mr E. Drinkwater
 Mr M. Lawrence




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                                         Report of Road Safety Member Working Group




Conclusions

The Road Safety Member Working Group endorse and fully support the work being
undertaken in the following areas by the Road Safety and Sustainable Travel Unit in
Development Services;-

•     Crash Investigation Project
•     Publicity and Campaigns aimed to reduce KSI
•     Cyclist Training
•     National Driver Improvement Scheme
•     Motorcycle Safety
•     Pass Plus and Pass Plus Extra Schemes
•     Minibus Driver Training and Assessment Scheme
•     Young Drivers campaign
•     National Speed Awareness Scheme and the intended expansion of the criteria to
      cover other speed ranges
•     Managing Work related Journeys


Recommendations

Following the scrutiny review, the Road Safety Member Working Group recommends
that:

     •   that the funding bid for the expansion of the Crash Course be supported
         (see the Interim Report of the Group at Appendix One)

     •   that number of Crash Course sessions delivered and the numbers of
         participants on the courses be monitored together with their effectiveness in
         relation to KSI figures

     •   that consideration be given to the development of a corporate policy for
         Managing Work Related Journeys

     •   that the provision of financial assistance for voluntary groups who wish to
         undertake Minibus Driver Training be investigated

     •   that monitoring be undertaken to assess the effectiveness of the Young
         Drivers campaign and reported to the Development Services Scrutiny and
         Performance Panel

     •   that the Development Services Scrutiny and Performance Panel be kept
         informed of the investigations being undertaken, as a result of the motion at
         Council on the 23 March 2006, into the issues surrounding speed limits and
         advisory speed limits throughout Staffordshire, including the use of both static



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         and the new mobile Vehicle Activated Signs, particularly around the County’s
         Schools, and the feasibility of their implementation


Background Information

Identification of Issue

As part of its work programme, the Development Services Scrutiny and Performance
Panel, on 20 September 2005, received a presentation on reducing road accidents in
Staffordshire.

The key issues highlighted in the presentation were:-
   • the background to the problem;
   • the current position;
   • the targets;
   • how we aim to achieve this.

Members were informed that 95% of road traffic accidents involved human error.

Whilst significant improvements had been made for the number of children Killed or
Seriously Injured (KSI) in road accidents, over the last three years the overall number of
KSI in Staffordshire had increased, especially within the 16 to 25 year old age range.

A Local Public Service Agreement (LPSA) 2001/03 aimed to reduce overall numbers
(KSI) from 499 to 300, the figure achieved was 373, and to reduce child KSI from 60 to
30, which had been achieved six years ahead of target.

A “Young Person Audit” had been completed which identified that although 10% of the
population were aged 17-25, they were involved in 40% of crashes and 71% of these
drivers were male. The key causation factors were found to be excessive speed and
inattention and injuries were made worse by not wearing a seatbelt.

The Panel were informed that the aim was to have no more than 300 KSI in
Staffordshire by the end of 2007 and that this target would be very challenging and how
it could be achieved would need consideration.

Key factors included:
- maintaining child road safety programmes;
- targeting the 16-25 age group;
- targeting motorcyclists.

Members of the Panel expressed concern regarding the number of KSI, especially
among the 16-25 age range and the number of motorcyclists, mainly in the over 30 age
group and riding powerful sports bikes, involved in road accidents.

The Panel agreed that there was an urgent need to enforce the road safety message
across to all user groups, but particularly the 16-25 age range and motorcyclists.
Members agreed that the issue of how to progress with reducing road accidents in
Staffordshire should be investigated further.




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Outline of the Scrutiny Process Undertaken

The Development Services Scrutiny and Performance Panel appointed a Member
Working Group to carry out a scrutiny review to investigate this issue.

The group held a number of meetings with the key officers involved in this area of work
and also undertook visits to view the some of the road safety projects and schemes in
operation with children/young adults.


Meeting 1 - Road Safety Working Group - 23 November 2005

Purpose of meeting
   – to provide members with background information in relation to this issue

Members were given an overview of casualty reduction activities within the Road Safety
Unit and how accident investigation, education training and publicity (ETP), engineering
and enforcement link together.

Members were reminded however, that although the Development Services Directorate
had overall responsibility, road safety involved the whole of the authority.

Key points included:-

•   1994-2004 a downward trend on all killed or seriously injured (KSI)
•   2002-2003 Staffordshire best performing county for KSI
•   2003-2004 performance maintained
•   In 2004, the Child KSI LPSA target was successfully achieved. However the overall
    KSI total was 373 against the target figure of 300, although disappointing it was an
    improvement on the 2003 figure of 415.
•   A new LPSA2 target had been agreed with the aim of delivering the nationally set
    target of 300 for all KSI by 2007, two years ahead of schedule.
•   40% of KSI over the last ten years have involved the younger driver
•   Over a three year period, 20% of KSI were motorcyclists
•   Key groups to reach are 16-25 age group and motorcyclists
•   Speed, non-seatbelt wearing, peer pressure, drink and drugs are key causation
    factors of KSI

Members were also given a Road Safety Information Pack, a copy of REV, a magazine
for young drivers and “wannabe drivers”, a copy of the Crash Course Business Proposal
and a Child Accident Prevention Trust fact sheet

The Head of Road Safety, referred to the Casualty Reduction Tool Kit, which involved
other sections of Staffordshire Highways and included the following:-

•   Data Analysis: - Analysis of accident figures. Accident Investigation Team informed
    of all road accidents, approximately 4,500 per annum and problems were identified
    through this process.

•   Engineering: - pedestrian/cyclist facilities; highway maintenance; traffic calming;
    safer routes; and local safety schemes.



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•   Enforcement: - traffic policing and safety cameras.

•   Education and Training: - schools education programme, pedestrian training,
    cyclist training, driver training and publicity.

Members agreed that the Working Group should examine ways in which directorates
could best work together to deliver the road safety service, which is co-ordinated
through the Development Services Directorate, and methods which could be used to
further reduce KSI, particularly within the 16-25 age range.

The Group queried the involvement of the various sections of Staffordshire Highways, in
road safety and asked who oversees the whole process. They were advised that the
former Operational Services and Engineering Services divisions have merged to create
a single service area, Staffordshire Highways, under a Deputy Corporate Director. A
new Operations Board has been created, which will work closely with the four delivery
units and the Highways Policy Unit in identifying the issues to be considered and in
developing new working processes as appropriate.

Members were informed of the educational programmes that are available to reduce the
number of road traffic accidents (RTC) involving the 16-25 age group, including:-

•   Crash Investigation Project, delivered by the Road Safety Unit, an interactive
    resource for year 11 that considers the causation factors behind a real accident that
    involved a young driver and two passengers.
•   Crash Course, a multi-agency project delivered to year 11 groups in high schools,
    Young Offenders Institutions and other smaller groups of young people.
•   Theatre in education (Crag Rats).

Reference was made to what the major cause in motorcycle accidents was, the
motorcyclist or other drivers. Members were informed that there was a high incident of
single vehicle accidents among motorcyclists, especially in national speed limit areas.
Motorcycle accidents involve two distinct groups the “born again” motorcyclist who rides
large bikes and young riders on smaller bikes.

Members inquired if insurance companies were willing to give discounts to newly
qualified car drivers who had attended a County Council Pass Plus new driver scheme
and were informed that insurance companies offered a discount to drivers who had
attended this scheme. The County Council has also consulted insurance companies to
see if they would be willing to offer a similar discount if the County Council was to run a
course for the newly qualified motorcyclist.

The problem of getting the road safety message across, particularly to younger people
was discussed and Members were informed that outside consultants were being sought
to put together a marketing campaign that would target the 16-25 age group. Young
people would be involved and it was suggested that the Youth Action Kouncil (YAK)
could be used as a testing ground for ideas.

The Working Group agreed that it was important to ensure that projects were co-
ordinated and not repeated across directorates.     This would require good
communication and partnership working.




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Members fully supported both the Crash Course and the Crash Investigation Project and
agreed that members of the Working Group should attend these courses to view them in
operation themselves.


Meeting 2 - Road Safety Working Group - 26 January 2006

Purpose of meeting
   – to evaluate the visits undertaken by members of the Working Group
   – consideration of the funding bid for the expansion of the Crash Course

Evaluation of Site Visits

Members of the Road Safety Working Group had undertaken visits to experience both
the Crash Course and the Crash Investigation Project.

   • Crash Course
The Crash Course is a multi-agency project, facilitated by staff from Staffordshire Fire
and Rescue, Police, Ambulance Service, Victim Support and Staffordshire Youth
Service. The course was initially launched in north Staffordshire with a view to
extending it countywide and a bid for funding the course has been prepared for
submission to the Cabinet.

Members described the Crash Course as hard hitting and shocking and found that the
course had held the student’s attention for the full two hours. It was felt that it would
have an impact on road safety in terms of a change in behaviour and attitude.

   • Crash Investigation Project
The Crash Investigation project is run by the Road Safety Unit, and delivered on their
behalf, by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. The course was an interactive
resource for year 11 that looked at the causation factors behind a real accident on the
A51, which involved a young driver and two passengers.

Members found the Crash Investigation Project very informative and were particularly
impressed with the presentation by the Driving Standards Agency who covered areas
such as licence application and what happens if drivers offend. Members suggested
that the course could be a little more polished and further training on delivery of courses
to young people might be beneficial for the fire and rescue officers who were delivering
the course. Members also suggested that the inclusion of car maintenance, to inform
young drivers on how to deal with mechanical problems whilst on the road might
contribute to reducing road accidents.

Following their experiences, Members agreed that the two projects complemented each
other and that there was a need to applaud and support their partnership countywide.
With 55 high schools in Staffordshire, delivery of both projects would require significant
“people power.” and across directorate co-operation.

Crash Course Funding Bid

Further information was given to the Working Group in relation to the bid for funding to
expand the availability of the Crash Course. Members were informed that a bid for
£101,000 over three years would be submitted to the Cabinet as the County Council’s


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contribution to fund the Crash Course countywide. A sum of £30,000 over three years
would also be needed from Stoke-on-Trent City Council, who were yet to consider the
bid.

The funding would cover the cost, over three years, of co-ordinating and training for the
delivery of the course across the county. Following the initial funding, it was envisaged
that the programme would be self-supporting and consideration should be given to how
the Crash Course and the Crash Investigation Project could be successfully linked.
Members were asked to note however, that the Crash Course could not be delivered
within existing resources from the Development Services Directorate and therefore there
would be no cost saving from the linking of the two projects.

Members agreed to support the Crash Course bid, which would add value to the existing
Road Safety programme providing there was good organisation across the directorates.
Members further stated that they felt the course would support the Council’s priorities
and a reduction in the numbers of KSI on Staffordshire’s roads.

Members also agreed that strong representation and the views of the Road Safety
Working Group should be submitted to the Cabinet as part of the bid.

In light of the timescales involved, the Working Group agreed to produce an interim
report to the Cabinet detailing their consideration and recommendations in relation to
the Crash Course and its funding bid. This report is attached at Appendix 1.


Meeting 3 - Road Safety Working Group - 21 February 2006

Purpose of meeting
   – to inform and consider the education, training and publicity activities undertaken
      by the Road Safety Unit

Members were given an overview of the education, training and publicity (ETP) activities
of the Road Safety Unit, particularly regarding the 16-25 year-old age group, which
made up 10% of the population and accounted for 40% of killed or seriously injured
(KSI) on Staffordshire roads.

National Speed Awareness Scheme

As an alternative to prosecution under the fixed penalty system, Staffordshire County
Council, in conjunction with the Staffordshire Casualty Reduction Partnership, provides
a Speed Awareness course aimed at those drivers who have been detected marginally
exceeding the 30mph speed limit. This option is only available to those drivers who
meet certain criteria as laid down by the Police Authority and who are referred to the
scheme by the Police. A fee of £100 is charged for the course, which is self-financing.
The scheme will be extended to include all speed ranges.

The scheme, which is a mixture of practical and theory sessions, is managed by the
Road Safety Unit, who use a team of trained, approved Driving Instructors, who deliver
both theory and practical elements. The overall aim of the course is to explore and
challenge the reasons why people speed and to help drivers develop a personal speed
awareness strategy. 243 Courses have been run in the last 12 months with 3300
drivers attending.


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Managing Work Related Journeys

Government research indicated that mile for mile the collision rate for company car
drivers is 30% to 50% higher than for private drivers. About 20 people are killed and
250 seriously injured in crashes involving someone driving for work.

The Road Safety Unit has designed a course aimed at company car and high mileage
drivers. The course, entitled 'Safer Driving Practice', aimed to address the many issues
associated with the increased risks experienced by this group of drivers. The course is
focused on small local businesses as larger companies usually have their own
arrangements.

Experienced Road Safety Officers, with driver training experience, deliver the theory
element, while qualified Approved Driving Instructors, all of who are experienced in the
delivery of defensive driving techniques, conduct the practical sessions.

Each year, the Road Safety Unit hosts a conference aimed at helping local companies
understand their responsibilities regarding health and safety for their drivers.

The Working Group queried if companies, including the County Council, recorded
accident data in connection with work related journeys. They were informed that best
practice guidelines have been drafted for work related journeys by Staffordshire County
Council employees but at present the County Council had no corporate policy on this
issue.

Young Drivers Campaign

As the 16-25 year old age group make up 10% of the population of Staffordshire and
account for 40% of all crashes, the County Council has appointed Geronimo
Communications, an advertising company, to produce a road safety advertising
campaign to reach this age group.

Members were shown the various initiatives to be utilised and were advised that
Geronimo had identified the material to be used in the campaign as being the most
appropriate way of reaching young people through targeted focus groups.

Minibus Driver Training and Assessment Scheme

This scheme was introduced by Staffordshire County Council, in response to public
concern arising from media coverage of some serious and fatal crashes involving
minibuses.

The scheme is primarily aimed at those drivers who wish to carry child passengers
whilst on County Council business. This includes teachers, Social Services personnel
and Youth Leaders. However, the scheme is open to any organisation that might like to
have their minibus drivers assessed as a matter of good practice. A fee of £70 is
charged for the 2½ hour assessment. A total of 8540 clients are registered on a
database with 375 assessments undertaken in 2006.

For those people who work for the Local Authority, it is a condition of the County
Council’s Insurers that anyone wishing to carry a child on a minibus must be assessed


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via this scheme. Upon satisfactory completion of the practical assessment, a permit is
issued.

Members felt that costs could be prohibitive for voluntary groups and queried whether
any funding was available to assist such groups. The group were advised that at
present, there were no financial arrangements to assist voluntary groups with this
scheme.

Publicity and Campaigns

Road Safety publicity and campaigns aim to reduce the number of killed and seriously
injured (KSI) on Staffordshire Roads. All publicity and campaigns are linked to the
Department for Transport’s (DfTs) THINK branding and, where possible, the message is
given a local flavour. The THINK branding has a current awareness of 66%, 91%
amongst young male drivers.

Key local road safety messages are focused on, including:-
   • Drink Driving
   • Speeding
   • Seatbelts
   • Child and Teen safety

A variety of media to circulate the messages is used including:-
   • The back of buses (including a whole bus on one occasion)
   • Radio Advertising
   • Newspapers
   • Magazines
   • Targeted leaflets drops
   • Libraries
   • Schools

Cyclist Training

The Road Safety and Sustainable Travel unit facilitate child cyclist training within
Staffordshire schools. Three types of training courses are offered; off road for younger
children, years 3-4; on-road training for children in years 5-6 and a more advanced high
school scheme that is offered to support Safer Routes and School Travel Plans.

National Driver Improvement Scheme

A person involved in a Road Traffic Incident, which indicates that they have been
'Driving Without Due Care and Attention or Reasonable Consideration to Other Road
Users' may be given an option, by the Police, to either have the incident referred to the
Crown Prosecution Service or an opportunity to attend a National Driver Improvement
Course.

Information about the Scheme is then sent to the person involved along with an offer to
attend a course. If the offer of a National Driver Improvement Course is accepted, the
appropriate paperwork is then forwarded to Staffordshire County Council who liase with
the client.




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The Course is delivered by Department for Transport Approved Driving Instructors and
involves a mixture of driving theory, which combines the latest thinking on defensive
driving techniques, with modern training methods and practical on-road driving.

After attending and successfully completing the course, the client will be notified by the
relevant Police Authority that no further action will be taken for this particular incident.
The date of course completion is recorded and held at the DVLA on a National
Database. If the driver/rider is involved in another road traffic incident, falling under the
same criteria within 3 years of the course completion date a second course will not be
offered in lieu of proceedings.

Once a driver/rider has accepted the offer to attend a course, but then fails to attend or
successfully complete, the case would then be referred to the Crown Prosecution
Service and ultimately be dealt with by the Magistrates Court.

The cost of the course is £155 and is self-funding. The County Council will be reviewing
the course in 2006 to ensure the highest quality, best value and to keep in line with
other course providers, nationally.

Motorcycle Safety

In 2004, motorcyclists formed 1% of vehicles yet comprised 18% of fatalities, with 54%
of these occurring in rural national speed limit areas. Reducing these figures is a key
area of activity with LPSA2. Motorcycle accidents involve two distinct groups the “born
again” motorcyclists who ride large bikes and young riders on smaller bikes.

Six Hi-Priority Routes have been identified within Staffordshire where signage is to be
placed and promotional material distributed together with an instructional DVD. A
motorcyclist focus group had been formed which included the Fire & Rescue Service,
Police, Highways and Bike Groups.

Members were also referred to Bikesafe, a scheme run by Police Forces around the
United Kingdom who work with the whole of the biking world to help to lower the number
of motorcycle rider casualties, by passing on their knowledge, skills and experience,
which can help bikers become a safer more competent rider.

A limited scheme had been run in 2005 and in conjunction with the Road Safety
Partnership the scheme will be expanded in 2006. In order to extend the training
available, the Road Safety Unit has linked up with the Institute of Advanced Motorists
(IAM) and local motorcycle training organisations to deliver 10 rider development days
which will be marketed via the Bike Sense campaign. The training with the IAM will
involve 10 two-hour sessions on a one to one basis. Both training schemes will be part-
subsidised using PSA funding.

Members agreed that there is a need to target young moped riders with regard to
motorcycle safety.

Pass Plus

Staffordshire County Council's Road Safety Unit is responsible for the organisation and
administration of the Staffordshire PASS PLUS subsidised scheme. PASS PLUS is a
Driving Standards Agency sponsored scheme to promote improved standards of driving,


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primarily among novice drivers. The Council's contribution towards making the roads in
Staffordshire safer is to provide local drivers with a subsidy of 50% off the course cost.
Staffordshire were the first county to offer this subsidy and drivers are eligible for the
course within the first year of passing the practical driving test.

The training period is a minimum of six hours practical driving, including driving in
unfamiliar conditions, town driving, rural driving, all weather driving, night driving, dual
carriageways and motorways. On completion of the course a certificate is issued, which
can be used to gain a substantial discount on the first year's insurance. 563 new drivers
have registered for the course this year.

Staffordshire is to launch a Pass Plus Extra course in April 2006 for newly qualified
drivers which includes a two-hour theory session. Anyone wishing to have a subsidy on
the Pass Plus course will be obliged to undertake the two hour theory session on Pass
Plus Extra. Research in Kirklees, who are the only authority to offer this type of
scheme, has demonstrated an 11% casualty reduction involving young drivers.


Meeting 4 - Road Safety Working Group – 24 March 2006

Purpose of meeting
   – to consider the evidence received and identify the key issues
   – to agree the findings and recommendations of the review

Members revisited the reasons for this review and considered the evidence that had
been received during the course of their investigations.

The Working Group concluded that the Council is undertaking a number of important
initiatives in relation to Road Safety and in particular with children and young adults.

Following the Cabinet’s approval of the funding bid, it was felt that the Crash Course
and the Crash Investigation Project were complementary projects that should achieve a
reduction in KSI. Members felt that the courses should target different age ranges and
that consideration should be given to clearly defining the role of each of the schemes
and how they can work together to achieve their objectives. The Working Group felt that
the effectiveness of these courses should be monitored.

Members discussed the areas of work being carried out by the Road Safety Unit in
Development Services and endorsed and supported the actions being taken in these
areas.

•      Publicity and Campaigns aimed to reduce KSI
•      Cyclist Training
•      National Driver Improvement Scheme
•      Motorcycle Safety
•      Pass Plus and Pass Plus Extra Schemes

Members also stated their endorsement and support for the following areas of work
along with additional comments as detailed.

•      Minibus Driver Training and Assessment Scheme



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        Members agreed the benefits of this scheme but raised concerns in relation to
        the costs and affordability of voluntary groups. The Working Group queried if
        some financial support could be given to groups who were unable to afford the
        fees.

•       Young Drivers campaign
        Members would like to see monitoring carried out to assess the effectiveness of
        this campaign to see if it is reaching the intended target audience and having the
        desired effects.

•       National Speed Awareness Scheme
        The Working Group support the possible expansion of this scheme to include all
        speed ranges.

•       Managing Work Related Journeys
        The Working Group agreed that as well as providing support for business, the
        Council should look at developing a corporate policy in relation to this issue


Members also discussed the following motion which had been moved at County Council
meeting held on 23 March

‘Mrs. S.M. Oatley moved a motion at the Council meeting which was amended by a
motion of the Leader of the Council and, subsequently, by an amendment proposed by
Mr. M.C. Ellis. The amended motion (see below) was carried:-

    “That the County Council continues its investigations into the issues surrounding
    speed limits and advisory speed limits throughout Staffordshire, including the use of
    both static and the new mobile Vehicle Activated Signs, particularly around the
    County’s Schools, and the feasibility of their implementation.”’

The Working Group stated their support for this action and requested that the
Development Services Scrutiny and Performance Panel be kept informed of the
investigations and results.



Members thanked all the officers involved in this review and expressed their
appreciation of the contributions that had been made.




Scrutiny and Performance Manager          Nick Pountney
Telephone Number                          276153
E-mail                                    nicholas.pountney@staffordshire.gov.uk
Room No                                   12 Martin Street, Stafford




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                                                                                    Appendix One

Development Services Scrutiny and Performance Panel – Road Safety Member
Working Group

Interim report - Crash Course Bid for Funding

Following the identification of Road Safety as a key issue and a briefing given by
officers, Members of the Panel expressed concerns in relation to the reported Killed or
Seriously Injured (KSI) figures, especially in the 16-25 age range. As a result the Panel
appointed a Member Working Group to investigate the progress being made with a view
to reducing road accidents in Staffordshire.

As part of the Review, Members of the Working Group were informed of the educational
programmes that are available to reduce the number of Road Traffic Casualties
involving the 16-25 age group. In particular, the Crash Investigation Project and Crash
Course programmes. Members attended both a Crash Course and Crash Investigation
project session to gain first hand experience of the programmes and then met with
appropriate officers to discuss the programmes in further detail and the way forward.

Members found merit in both courses, especially the Crash Course, which they
described as hard hitting and shocking and it had held the student’s attention for the full
two hours. It was felt that it would have an impact on road safety in terms of a change in
behaviour and attitude. The course was run primarily in Newcastle, but looking to
develop county wide and a funding bid had been prepared for submission to the County
Council.

Members found the Crash Investigation Project very informative and were particularly
impressed with the presentation by the Driving Standards Agency who covered areas
such as licence application and what happens if drivers offend. Members suggested
that further training on delivery of courses to young people might be beneficial for the
fire and rescue officers who were delivering the course. Members also suggested that
the inclusion of car maintenance, to inform young drivers on how to deal with
mechanical problems whilst on the road might contribute to reducing road accidents.

Members agreed that the two projects complemented each other and that there was a
need to applaud and support their partnership countywide. With 55 high schools in
Staffordshire, delivery of both projects would require significant “people power.” and
across directorate organisation. Consideration was being given to how the Crash
Course and the Crash Investigation project could be successfully linked. The need to
ensure that road safety projects were co-ordinated was emphasised and members
supported this view.

Members were asked to note that the Crash Course could not be delivered within
existing resources from the Development Services Directorate and therefore there could
be no cost saving involved.

Members agreed that the details of their investigations and the conclusions reached
should be submitted to the Cabinet as part of the bid. Members fully supported the
Crash Course bid, which they agreed would add value to the existing Road Safety
programme providing there was good organisation across the directorates.



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