Arrive Alive in North Wales
Getting Results - our roads become safer and lives are saved
The police in several forces have for some time now been trying to promote road safety and enforce speed restrictions by the increased use of speed cameras.
This Arrive Alive campaign has been met with irresponsible and ferocious hostility in some sections of the media despite the fact that evidence is emerging that it is saving lives and serious injuries and making the environment of our towns and villages less hazardous and unpleasant.
Some statistics about the benefits already gained from the Arrive Alive campaign explain why CTC supports its leading proponent, Richard Brunstrom, Chief Constable of North Wales.
The Arrive Alive partnership is about casualty reduction, not detecting speeding offences. In North Wales between January 1998 and December 2001 there were 10,631 personal injury collisions.
222 people were killed
1,503 people were seriously injured
15,908 people were slightly injured
2,333 children were killed or injured
Speed was a major factor in:
1 in 3 collisions where someone was killed
1 in 4 collisions where someone was seriously injured
Road casualty trials were introduced in eight partnership areas across the UK – South Wales, Strathclyde, Nottinghamshire, Thames Valley, Northamptonshire, Essex, Cleveland and Lincolnshire. Research at these sites showed that additional safety cameras:
Reduced the number of people killed or seriously injured by 47%
Reduced speeding by 71%
Reduced the number of vehicles exceeding the speed limit by more than 15 mph by 80%
See North Wales Police: http://www.north-wales.police.uk/
To read an interview with Arrive Alive officers in which they describe their encounters with speeding drivers and horrible experiences of fatal accidents click here
See also: Speed Cameras - research survey demolishes the myths