‘Irresponsible driving’ leads to rise in deaths

Witney Gazette: Chief Insp Henry Parsons Chief Insp Henry Parsons

THE number of people killed on Oxfordshire’s roads has risen, prompting calls for tougher measures to tackle bad drivers.

End-of-year figures have revealed 28 people died in road traffic collisions in Oxfordshire in 2012, an increase of two on 2011’s figure of 26.

However, the message appears to be getting through to young people. Of those killed, six were aged 25 or under, compared to 11 in the previous year.

Meanwhile, the number of people badly hurt on the county’s roads has dropped.

Statistics from Oxfordshire County Council showed there were 190 people seriously injured, compared to 270 in 2011.

Thames Valley Police has promised to “work with a vengence” to reduce the numbers of deaths.

Bicester resident Jeff Webb’s 19-year-old son Neil died when he was a passenger in a friend’s car when it crashed head-on with a BMW in Ardley in 2010.

He said individuals must take more responsibility when driving, and that insurance companies should punish bad drivers more.

Mr Webb said: “I think putting trackers in cars would cut accidents. Make people take responsibility and think of the other cars on the road more, particularly the younger drivers. Hit them in the pocket.

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“The trackers would feed back to insurance companies how the drivers were on the roads, and where bad drivers could have their premiums revoked, good drivers would be rewarded.”

Sam McNally, 20 of Witney, lost his close friend Callum MacKinnon in a crash in September, 2010.

Mr Mackinnon, 18, was killed when the driver of the car he was in rounded a bend on a country road too quickly.

Stephen Hocknell, then 21, was banned from driving but avoided jail after being found guilty of causing death by careless driving at Oxford Crown Court.

Mr McNally said: “People often blame young drivers, but a lot of the time it is the elderly who cause the most problems.

“I think people should be made to retake their tests every 10 years. It’s not the roads that are at fault, it’s drivers, and they should be targeted.”

Chief Insp Henry Parsons, of the Joint Roads Policing Unit, said: “These numbers are too high. Each number has real people on the end of it and the impact of this can’t be underestimated.

“The reasons the figures are not zero are because there are still people who don’t respect each other’s journeys and use the roads irresponsibly. Some people still use their phones whilst driving, fail to wear their seatbelts, don’t maintain their vehicles safely and drive too fast.

“They kill people across the country on a daily basis.”

County council deputy leader Rodney Rose said his priority was ensuring the roads were kept in as best shape as possible.

He said: “Skimping on things like white line painting and repairs causes huge problems in their own right and they can also contribute to deaths.”

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7:21pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

County council deputy leader Rodney Rose said his priority was ensuring the roads were kept in as best shape as possible.

He said: “Skimping on things like white line painting and repairs causes huge problems in their own right and they can also contribute to deaths.”


So why then do the councils 'skimp' on these things then ?
County council deputy leader Rodney Rose said his priority was ensuring the roads were kept in as best shape as possible. He said: “Skimping on things like white line painting and repairs causes huge problems in their own right and they can also contribute to deaths.” So why then do the councils 'skimp' on these things then ? Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
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8:43pm Wed 30 Jan 13

puddlicotepete says...

So it would appear that ll the 'safety cameras' are not very successful then.

Also the County Councils numerous speed limits that are imposed for no apparrent reason for miles on end would appear not to be working.
So it would appear that ll the 'safety cameras' are not very successful then. Also the County Councils numerous speed limits that are imposed for no apparrent reason for miles on end would appear not to be working. puddlicotepete
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10:36am Thu 31 Jan 13

EMBOX2 says...

There are some horrific pot holes and in some cases, a good meter of tarmac missing from the A34 about 1 mile north of Milton, and a really, really bad pothole on the A34 Milton roundabout, like a suspension shattering one.

It was "fixed" but only a week later was back to its old state. It really isn't good enough. How do other council manage, whilst ours are so inept?
There are some horrific pot holes and in some cases, a good meter of tarmac missing from the A34 about 1 mile north of Milton, and a really, really bad pothole on the A34 Milton roundabout, like a suspension shattering one. It was "fixed" but only a week later was back to its old state. It really isn't good enough. How do other council manage, whilst ours are so inept? EMBOX2
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1:04pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Adrian1 says...

Hmmm,... punishing bad driving with higher insurance premiums, probably works, until they stop insuring themselves! It never ceases to amaze me that person X - uninsured, was banned for six months with six points on a non existent liscense and so on. The reality is that tomorrow they'll be on the road again. And after the next one, ad infinitum. Whilst on the 'bad' side of the subject what's being done about the poor insurance practices jumping everyones premiums up these days?
Hmmm,... punishing bad driving with higher insurance premiums, probably works, until they stop insuring themselves! It never ceases to amaze me that person X - uninsured, was banned for six months with six points on a non existent liscense and so on. The reality is that tomorrow they'll be on the road again. And after the next one, ad infinitum. Whilst on the 'bad' side of the subject what's being done about the poor insurance practices jumping everyones premiums up these days? Adrian1
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2:07pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

Adrian1 wrote:
Hmmm,... punishing bad driving with higher insurance premiums, probably works, until they stop insuring themselves! It never ceases to amaze me that person X - uninsured, was banned for six months with six points on a non existent liscense and so on. The reality is that tomorrow they'll be on the road again. And after the next one, ad infinitum. Whilst on the 'bad' side of the subject what's being done about the poor insurance practices jumping everyones premiums up these days?
What a load of rubbish, and the policeman should have been questioned, instead of The OM just printing his press release. Simple questions such as, if bad driving is the cause why have you stopped traffic patrols to catch bad drivers in favour of having 3 police cars and 9 police officers sat in St Giles to raise money from an artificially low speed limit with no serious accidents reported, or have the same complement of officers by Seacourt P & R raising money catching the serious criminals who pop into the P & R and straight out again, I can't remember anybody being killed by this "very dangerous" manoeuvre, or maybe having a police money raising radar van right underneath the speed camera at the end of Marston Ferry Road?? The police are just paying lip service on this, and rely on Cameras and traps to prosecute otherwise safe drivers, whilst the idiots get away with murder because they know that there are no patrols out to catch them.
[quote][p][bold]Adrian1[/bold] wrote: Hmmm,... punishing bad driving with higher insurance premiums, probably works, until they stop insuring themselves! It never ceases to amaze me that person X - uninsured, was banned for six months with six points on a non existent liscense and so on. The reality is that tomorrow they'll be on the road again. And after the next one, ad infinitum. Whilst on the 'bad' side of the subject what's being done about the poor insurance practices jumping everyones premiums up these days?[/p][/quote]What a load of rubbish, and the policeman should have been questioned, instead of The OM just printing his press release. Simple questions such as, if bad driving is the cause why have you stopped traffic patrols to catch bad drivers in favour of having 3 police cars and 9 police officers sat in St Giles to raise money from an artificially low speed limit with no serious accidents reported, or have the same complement of officers by Seacourt P & R raising money catching the serious criminals who pop into the P & R and straight out again, I can't remember anybody being killed by this "very dangerous" manoeuvre, or maybe having a police money raising radar van right underneath the speed camera at the end of Marston Ferry Road?? The police are just paying lip service on this, and rely on Cameras and traps to prosecute otherwise safe drivers, whilst the idiots get away with murder because they know that there are no patrols out to catch them. Grunden Skip
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6:14pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Sophia says...

This lazy, ill-informed and innumerate report is substantially misleading. Gte a load of this folks

THERE WERE FEWER PEOPLE KILLED AND SERIOUSLY INJURED ON THE COUNTY'S ROADS IN 2012 THAN IN ANY PREVIOUS YEAR FOR WHICH THERE ARE RECORDS

That's right, our roads are SAFER than ever before in history!

Pay no attention to the busybodies and nervous spinsters of both sexes who want to make you think otherwise - they just want to justify more and more interference in your lives!
This lazy, ill-informed and innumerate report is substantially misleading. Gte a load of this folks THERE WERE FEWER PEOPLE KILLED AND SERIOUSLY INJURED ON THE COUNTY'S ROADS IN 2012 THAN IN ANY PREVIOUS YEAR FOR WHICH THERE ARE RECORDS That's right, our roads are SAFER than ever before in history! Pay no attention to the busybodies and nervous spinsters of both sexes who want to make you think otherwise - they just want to justify more and more interference in your lives! Sophia
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