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Rugby Rural South News - May 2009
28 May 2009
Speed - Protecting Our Communities Together
Some people are reluctant to accept that driving too fast is poor driving. But it is - breaking the speed limit, or driving too fast for the conditions on the road, contributes to more that 727 deaths and 4,555 serious injuries every year.

Inappropriate speed is too fast
You don't have to be driving over the speed limit to be driving too fast.
"Inappropriate speed" means driving within the speed limit, but too fast for the road and traffic conditions. It includes approaching a bend or junction too fast, not negotiating narrow roads properly and overtaking where it is not safe to do so.

Inappropriate speed can also be a factor in poor weather conditions and when driving at night. Choosing the appropriate speed is about judgement, Most people think they get it right. Sadly, the statistics show many get it wrong.

Speed - Rural
Speed - Protecting Our Communities Together Although the national speed limit applies on the majority of rural roads, most drivers do not exceed it - the problem is driving too fast for the conditions. Car drivers and passengers are three times more likely to die on a rural road than a busy street.
In 2006, more than 60 per cent of all deaths due to road accidents were in rural areas.
The people most at risk on rural roads are young men, predominantly aged between 17 and 39.


A combination of engineering and enforcement measures alongside the education campaigns have seen some improvements in speeding behaviours. For example, in 1995 72% of cars exceeded the speed limit on 30mph roads; by 2005 this had reduced to 49%.

Delivering The Right Service First Time
Warwickshire Police will protect more people from harm in the coming year by changing the way it delivers services to the public.

Call handlers deal with up to 700 calls every day reporting a vast array of crimes, collisions and concerns and most of the time officers are expected to attend the scene or arrange a visit with the caller.

This places a huge demand on resources, reduces the number of officers readily available for other, more serious incidents and creates a backlog of unattended calls which leads to complaints from members of the public.

Many calls received in the communication centre concern matters which are not police responsibility, for example noise nuisance and stray dogs which are both the responsibility of the borough or district councils, and under the new system those calls will be directed to the relevant agency.

There will be NO CHANGE in the way emergency and priority calls are handled.

If officers NEED to attend they will - if it is an emergency 999 call this will be as quickly as is safely possible and if it is urgent or a local policing priority it will be within an hour.

Non emergency calls will be dealt with on a strict appointment basis with dedicated officers staffing police surgeries and appointment cars seven days a week.
This means that members of the public will be guaranteed an appointment with an officer at a time and place agreed with them within 48 hours of their initial call (unless they choose a later time). The new system will provide long term benefits for the force and the community and has already been successful in other areas of the country.

*EMERGENCY - we will still attend 999 emergency calls, where crime is in progress or life is at risk, as quickly as is safely possible. Call 999.

*PRIORITY - if the matter is urgent or a local policing priority, but is not an emergency, we will attend as soon as possible, usually within 60 minutes (in line with the Policing Pledge). Call 01926 415000.

*BY APPOINTMENT - for incidents which are neither an emergency or urgent the caller will be offered an appointment with an officer at one of the nine station surgeries which are being created across the force either the same or next working day. Call 01926 415000.

If this is difficult for the caller, because of transport, work or family commitments, they will be offered an appointment at an alternative location with an officer using a dedicated appointment car.

Your station surgery will be held at Rugby police station.

If your matter is of a local non urgent nature then it can be discussed with your local safer-neighbourhood team who will be happy to arrange an appointment for you to see them or visit one of the locally held surgeries. Please visit the meetings and events section to find a surgery to suit you.

Have You got A Question?
The FAQ database is intended to reduce the number of non-emergency calls to police forces by providing the answers direct to the public via the Internet.
The database contains answers to a wide selection of nationally asked questions and the facility for forces to input local information.
To visit the FAQ database click on the web address below:
Have You got A Question?

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