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|Topic title||Road safety (2013)|
|Topic owner||Nottinghamshire Road Safety Partnership|
|Topic author(s)||Samia Latif (Public Health), Suzanne Heydon (Highways), Zena Oliver (Highways)|
|Topic quality reviewed||Reviewed July 2013|
|Topic endorsed by||Owner on 10th September 2013|
|Current version||23rd September 2013|
Road traffic collisions (RTCs) are responsible for the highest proportion of serious injuries resulting in premature death in the country.
There has been a decrease both in the number of accidents and in the rate of people killed and seriously injured on the county’s roads. However, death and casualty rates from RTCs in Nottinghamshire as a whole remain higher than the England average.
RTCs may disproportionately affect certain groups of the population according to factors such as age, gender, road user type and deprivation, geography and seasonality. In Nottinghamshire, children are more susceptible to RTCs. The 16-25 year old age group however, comprises a markedly higher proportion of casualties. Locally there are a higher number of casualties on urban roads compared with rural roads; however the severity of casualty is greater on rural roads.
The Public Health Outcomes Framework, the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Plan and the Safer Nottinghamshire Board support a reduction in casualties from RTCs. The Nottinghamshire Road Safety Partnership is the vehicle that co-ordinates multiagency activities to this purpose.
Injuries from RTCs are an important public health and wellbeing issue because of their impact at both individual and societal level. However, most RTCs are preventable if the right resources, strategies and interventions are in place.
Leadership at strategic level, membership of existing partnerships, ring fenced budgets, provision of active transport links and better data sharing models will help achieve joint targets and have a positive impact on the wider determinants of health.