South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership
  03 Oct 2019Drink and drug driving top priority for road users

A roads policing survey carried out by our partners at South Yorkshire Police found that drink and drug driving was the top concern among road users.


More than 2,000 people responded to the survey by Operational Support asking people for their views on road policing priorities for the next three months.


The second most popular response was tackling tackle drivers who use vehicles in an anti-social manner, followed by those who use a mobile while driving.


Roads Policing Inspector Jason Booth said: “I would like to thank every single person who has taken the time to complete our survey.


“We are committed to tackling the issues that matter to you the most as well as those that cause danger or fear to our communities.


“We will now dedicate resources and time to tackling the top three priorities and problems that you have identified.


“The team and I appreciate your continued support of our work.”


Earlier this year, a similar survey showed the same three concerns were highest on people’s agendas.


Since April, SYP has been using the results to shape officers’ daily duties, they have supported district operations, days of action and taken part in national campaigns against driving offences to enhance road safety.


A dedicated traffic car, Operation Illuminate, has been introduced to patrol identified ‘hot spot’ areas every day and target those causing danger and criminality on our roads.


The Op Illuminate car not only focuses on cars but also heavy goods vehicles (HGV), long goods vehicles (LGV) and bikes, and focusses on education as much as enforcement.


August saw the Illuminate car stop 59 cars, nine LGVs, nine motorbike/off road-bikes. As a result, 44 drivers were issued warnings about their driving behaviour and six vehicles were seized.


Joanne Wehrle, manager of South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, said: “We will continue to work closely with the roads policing group to educate people of all ages about responsible road use.


“Over the coming months we will be running campaigns on mobile phone us and drink and drug driving which reflects the concerns raised by members of the community.”


The latest survey saw 2,353 responses, of those:


1,048 (48%) of people want officers to tackle drivers who drive under the influence of drink and drugs.


971 (41%) want officers to tackle drivers who use vehicles in an anti-social manner.


916 (39%) want officers to target those who use a mobile while driving.