RSGB National Road Safety Conference – November 2023

Posted on Monday 20th November 2023 in All Road Users, Education and Training

Representatives from Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) attended the National Road Safety Conference, which is Road Safety GB’s (RSGB) flagship event. The conference moves around the country and is hosted and organised each year by a Road Safety GB Regional Group(s). The National Conference was hosted by Road Safety GB South West regional group this year and was held in the Cotswolds.

RSGB’s aim is to reduce the number and severity of road collisions and by doing so to reduce loss of life and personal injury. They do so by raising awareness of road safety and safer road user behaviour by providing training, advice, information, leadership, research, publicity, informed comment and other services to our members and other national and regional road safety stakeholders. This event is the is the UK’s largest dedicated road safety event.

Despite working tirelessly working to reduce those serious injured and killed on our roads in Sussex, the conference served as a sobering reminder of the devastation each collision can cause. We also heard from the Police, air ambulance paramedics, mental health professionals, as well as the national road victim service at Brake. It was clear that everyone in attendance was passionate about road safety, and unified in our desire to continue to work towards reducing the numbers of those killed or seriously injured on our roads in Sussex.

As road safety professionals we know the dangers on our roads all too well. Injuries can be catastrophic and life changing. Each incident affects not only the victim but their family and friends too. Road crashes can turn lives upside down. There are many repercussions including physical and psychological injuries, financial hardship, effects on relationships and effects on family life.

We were reminded during the conference that there are, on average, five road deaths every day in the UK, with another 84 victims being seriously injured

Sadly, this is not considered a shocking statistic, but one that is widely accepted. It is clear, that lots more must be done to reduce these numbers and increase safety on our roads. We were asked to question what we can do as individuals to help change that, and to start viewing each and every serious road collision as a preventable tragedy, instead of the norm. We were also reminded that we are all responsible for road safety, whether as a driver, cyclist, pedestrian, or other road user. For too long, road users have turned a blind eye to illegalities on our roads, such as exceeding the speed limit, using mobile phones etc. but this needs to change. Will you help to initiate this change by challenging those who break the rules of our roads?

It was a pleasure to be a part of the RSGB National Road Safety Conference and we will continue to support the national ongoing work in making our roads a safer place for all.