Road safety teams

What do they do?

Children and young people are among those at greatest risk on and near the roads in our communities. Every local authority has a road safety department or highways management team that are responsible for ensuring the safety of all road users – with a particular focus on vulnerable groups such as children and young people, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

Their road safety responsibilities includes the following:

  • Studies of the location of road casualties and develop engineering, education and enforcement programmes to tackle problem areas
  • Educating the community more widely in road safety, and promote safe road use.
  • Liaising with other agencies (such as police, fire and rescue, children’s services, etc) on road safety
  • Ensuring that road improvements are designed with vulnerable road users (e.g. cyclists, pedestrians) in mind

How can other organisations contribute to road safety?

Road safety education has been recognised as a lifeskills priority which requires effective partnership working between road safety practitioners and other groups such as schools, the emergency services, public health professionals and community organisations which can have an influence on safety, risk awareness and behaviour.

Key learnings in the delivery of local road safety programmes were highlighted in Department for Transport research which also identified the need to integrate road safety into the broader local policy agenda.

The long-term development and success of the DfT Think! Campaign has also been an important factor in developing and maintaining road safety awareness and local partnership work.

Visit the .gov.uk site for more information.

The current Strategic Framework for Road Safety  aims to reduce more quickly the high risk of injury to groups such as children from deprived areas. Better education and training for children is a key theme, along with the need to encourage continuous development of skills. In addition to the Public Health Outcomes Framework indicator on hospital admissions caused by unintentional injuries, there is also an all-age indicator for the numbers killed or seriously injured on England’s roads.

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Useful links

The DfT site has some background reading on the principles and government targets associated with road safety.: 

The NICE Public Health Guidance on preventing unintentional injuries among under-15s contains recommendations for road design and modification.

Find your local road safety contacts on the Road Safety GB site.

Updated July 2013