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Commissioner's priority: Road safety

“Wherever I go in Devon and Cornwall, residents always talk to me about road safety. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a city, town, village or tiny hamlet, road safety affects us all – and that is why I have made it a priority in my Police and Crime Plan.

Alison Hernandez and Stuart Hughes with members of the Milton Abbot Community Road Safety group
Alison Hernandez and Stuart Hughes with members of the Milton Abbot Community Road Safety group

“In 2020, 44 people were killed and 624 people were seriously injured on our roads. Although those figures are some of the lowest in the UK, every death or serious injury is a tragedy and we must do everything we can to prevent them.

“That’s why we set up the Vision Zero South West Road Safety Partnership – a collaboration of all the organisations in Devon and Cornwall who deal with road safety. Vision Zero South West has set itself the ambitious target of halving all fatal and serious collisions by 2030 and eventually eradicating them completely.

“To show how serious I am about tackling road safety, I have taken on the chairmanship of Vision Zero South West, as well as the APCC national lead for road safety. However, we can only truly make a difference by working together – and that includes our wonderful communities.”

Vision Zero is led by a partnership board which includes a wide range of experts from all around the south west including senior police and fire officers, leading clinicians and councillors.

Vision Zero’s partners include:

  • Cornwall Council
  • Devon County Council
  • Plymouth City Council
  • Torbay Council
  • Exeter City Council
  • Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service
  • Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
  • Devon and Cornwall Police
  • Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
  • National Highways
  • NHS University Hospitals Plymouth Trust
  • Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
  • South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cornwall Air Ambulance
  • Devon Air Ambulance
  • Driving for Better Business
  • Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS)

For more information visit www.visionzerosouthwest.co.uk

You can also follow Vision Zero on Facebook at www.facebook.com/visionzerosw, on Twitter at twitter.com/visionzerosw or on Instagram at instagram.com/visionzerosouthwest