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1 Road Safety Council of Northern Ireland Barry Griffin – Executive Officer

2 Road Safety Council of N.I. WHO? WHO?WHERE? WHAT? WHY?

3 Who are the Road Safety Council? The main voluntary road safety group in NI The main voluntary road safety group in NI First committee started in Bangor in 1948 followed by committees in Belfast and spread throughout NI First committee started in Bangor in 1948 followed by committees in Belfast and spread throughout NI Government has supported and respected our efforts especially since Local Government reorganisation in 1973 Government has supported and respected our efforts especially since Local Government reorganisation in 1973 I am the only full-time employee with 1 part time employee I am the only full-time employee with 1 part time employee Main funding from DoE NI Road Safety Division Main funding from DoE NI Road Safety Division

4 Mission Statement "The Road Safety Council of Northern Ireland will strive to reduce the incidence of death and serious injuries by increasing awareness through their network of local Road Safety Committees and will continue to enhance the activities and effectiveness of all relevant bodies on behalf of road users."

5 Vision Statement "To see a continuous reduction in the incidence of death and serious injuries sustained by Northern Ireland road users.“

6 WHERE? Currently there are 18 Local Road Safety Committees across Northern Ireland We are presently in the process of setting up an additional two new or reformed committees

7 What We Do-Locally Our local Road Safety Committees are members of the Road Safety Council and serve their local communities. Through a variety of events and by championing issues raised by the community we can achieve much in the battle to save lives.

8 What Is Expected of A Local Committee?  A Committee will also be expected to tie its activities to the objectives set out in the Northern Ireland Road Safety Strategy It is through this link that we secure our funding from the Department of the Environment (DoE) Road Safety Branch  The Road Safety Council stage a number of province wide finals for a variety of events annually and local Committees may run local heats for these and be able to send a team to the finals.  Based upon local Statistics, the Committee formulate a Strategic Plan, to address the key collision causation factors.

9 KEY ISSUES: Promotion & Encouragement of Road Safety Promotion & Encouragement of Road Safety Road Safety Education Road Safety Education Engineering Issues Engineering Issues Enforcement Issues Enforcement Issues We work in local communities addressing local issues regarding road safety

10 WHEN? All year round…… With a combination of local heats and the province-wide finals, events and activities occur pretty much throughout the year. Details available from the web site……

11 Local Committee Events Safe Driving Competitions Safe Driving Competitions Safe Cycling Competitions Safe Cycling Competitions Car Safety Events/Exhibitions Car Safety Events/Exhibitions Presentations To Various Community Groups Presentations To Various Community Groups Adult and School Road Safety Quizzes Adult and School Road Safety Quizzes Public Speaking Competitions Public Speaking Competitions Traffic Surveys And Vehicle Checks Traffic Surveys And Vehicle Checks Local Campaigns – Speed/Drink Drive Local Campaigns – Speed/Drink Drive Road Safety Themed Poster/Xmas Card competitions Road Safety Themed Poster/Xmas Card competitions Lobby Government Departments and Local Politicians and Councillors Lobby Government Departments and Local Politicians and Councillors

12 Council Events FINALS FOR FINALS FOR Primary School Quiz Cycling Proficiency Public Speaking Local committees organise local heats for the above ALSO ORGANISE ALSO ORGANISE Annual Road Safety Congress- October 24 th 2008 Park Plaza Annual Church Service - World Remembrance Day for Crash Victims November 16 th 2008 St Anne’s Cathedral

13 Why?–N I Road Fatalities 355 people lost their lives in people lost their lives in people lost their lives in people lost their lives in people lost their lives in 1996/ people lost their lives in 1996/ people lost their lives in 2001/ people lost their lives in 2001/ people lost their lives in people lost their lives in people lost their lives in people lost their lives in people lost their lives in people lost their lives in 2008 More than twice the number of people were killed on our roads as a result of collisions compared with those that died as a result of the troubles More than twice the number of people were killed on our roads as a result of collisions compared with those that died as a result of the troubles

14 MAIN CAUSES OF KSIs Careless Driving Careless Driving Excessive Speed Excessive Speed Lack of Care and Attention Lack of Care and Attention Driving whilst Impaired with Drink or Drugs Driving whilst Impaired with Drink or Drugs Most Collisions have Multiple Causes Most Collisions have Multiple Causes Road User failures account for 95% of KSIs Road User failures account for 95% of KSIs

15 Why?–THE COSTS Pain and suffering for the individuals Pain and suffering for the individuals Anguish for family friends and colleagues Anguish for family friends and colleagues Over 9,000 road casualties on average each year Over 9,000 road casualties on average each year Over 1,200 serious injuries Over 1,200 serious injuries Costs NI economy some £490 million each year Costs NI economy some £490 million each year NI has the worst casualty rate per 100,000 people in UK at 76.8 with Scotland 57.1 England 54.3 and Wales 46.3 NI has the worst casualty rate per 100,000 people in UK at 76.8 with Scotland 57.1 England 54.3 and Wales 46.3

16 OBJECTIVES Appeal to the community Appeal to the community Engage with the community Engage with the community Campaign locally & nationally Campaign locally & nationally To promote the Road Safety message and change attitudes To promote the Road Safety message and change attitudes Reduce the number of deaths and injuries on our roads Reduce the number of deaths and injuries on our roads

17 ATTITUDE Always in a hurry Leave more time Always in a hurry Leave more time Lane jumpingGet in lane Lane jumpingGet in lane RudeBe courteous RudeBe courteous Road RageCalm down Road RageCalm down CarelessBe considerate CarelessBe considerate IgnorantKnow the code IgnorantKnow the code

18 The Road Safety Council working in partnership with the community can help reduce injuries and deaths on our roads.

19 Thank You For Your Time. ANY QUESTIONS?


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