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Lancashire Constabulary

Roads Policing Unit


Lancashire Constabulary is committed to making the county safer by reducing casualties, targeting criminals and increasing confidence.

Reducing road casualties

Over the past 10 years, casualty figures have reduced significantly with 48% fewer people killed or seriously injured in Lancashire. Our aim is to reduce this figure still further.

Operation Pathway is our county wide operation aimed at improving the safety of all road users. It involves enforcement activity, education and partnership working and focuses on:

  • Mobile phone use
  • Speeding
  • Seatbelts
  • Drink/drug driving
  • Insurance
  • Young road users
  • Motorcycle safety
  • Pedal cycle safety

Find out how you can stay safe on the roads, visit the THINK website

See our road safety campaigns;

Targeting criminals who use our roads

We will actively target criminals using the county’s roads - that includes motorists involved in serious and organised crime and terrorism as well as those using vehicles anti-socially or putting other road users in jeopardy.

We regularly patrol local roads and frequently target specific routes, using new technology like ANPR to track down travelling criminals.

If you have information you think might help, contact us on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Community Roadwatch

Community Road Watch involves police working together with local communities at sites where people are worried about road safety.

Volunteers, trained by us, work with local officers to address:

  • Drivers exceeding the speed limit
  • Drivers using mobile phones
  • Drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts and/or child restraints

Community Road Watch teams monitor and record driver behaviour so that action can then be taken. This might include warning letters or police visits to motorists and ultimately, prosecutions.

If you are interested in finding out more about Community Roadwatch or volunteering to become a roadwatch member, please contact your local your neighbourhood policing team here

Drink Driving

Driving when you are over the legal alcohol limit is a serious criminal offence.

Bearing in mind alcohol affects everyone differently, our advice is don't drink any alcohol at all if you are planning to drive and think twice about getting in the car the morning after a night of drinking too – you could still be over the limit.

The consequences of drinking and driving are high. At twice the current legal limit you are at least 50 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident. If convicted of a drink driving offence you will have a criminal record, you will not be allowed to drive for at least a year, you could lose your job and you could dramatically increase your insurance costs.

Remember after only one drink you may not be able to judge speed and distance accurately, your ability to react may be affected especially judging stopping distances and your judgment of risk may be affected making you more willing to take risks putting yourself and others in danger.

Lancashire has achieved significant reductions in the number of people killed and injured on our roads.

Over the past ten years, casualty figures in Lancashire have reduced as follows:
48% fewer people killed or serious injured
57.6% fewer children killed or seriously injured
25% fewer people slightly injured

Whilst these figures are encouraging, we are committed to reducing them even further. Serious road traffic collisions have a significant and often life-changing impact upon those involved and their families.

Our strategy uses a problem solving approach to making our roads safer. It does so by engagement, education, enforcement, engineering and evaluation in relation to:

Vulnerable road users
The main causes of collisions
The location of ‘hotspots’
Collision investigation

Lancashire Constabulary aims to reduce further the prevalence of behaviours that, whilst seen to be unacceptable by the vast majority, persist in causing death and serious injury; notably drink-driving, drug-driving, mobile phone use and failure to wear a seatbelt, and careless or dangerous driving (occasionally caused by mobile phone use).

Engagement and Education is key to ensure members of the public fully understand and support our activity around the "Fatal 4" causation factors.

For more information visit the Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety here

To download a copy of the Collision Care Pack (pdf) click here

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