Road safety is one of the most important topics for communities across Gloucestershire. Communities are keen to investigate road safety measures they can take forward to influence driver behaviour, including those relating to traffic calming and speed reduction.
A series of workshops was held with communities in 2012. These workshops were supported by members of the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership, including Gloucestershire Constabulary and Gloucestershire County Council. Communities were able to explore options available to them to help reduce traffic speeds and to encourage driving at appropriate speeds. Their suggestions and contributions, together with links and examples to illustrate what can be done at a community level, were combined in the original CARTS toolkit published in 2012.
The second edition of the CARS toolkit is now available. Safe and Social Driving is a priority area in the Police and Crime Plan 2013-17, and the second edition of the toolkit has been funded through the Police and Crime Commissioner's Fund. Looking beyond simply traffic speed, this update highlights action in relation to other driver behaviour, such as mobile phone use, driving according to conditions, visibility, pedestrian behaviour, and road layout.
The new CARS (Community Approaches to Road Safety) toolkit can be downloaded from the GRCC website here.