9. Priorities for the Chief Constable (6. To prevent road danger and support vision zero)
Prevent road danger and support Vision Zero
Despite the efforts of many, Kent’s roads remain a concern for local communities. Kent Police must continue to crackdown on the main factors which contribute to people being killed and seriously injured and play its part in Vision Zero by working with partners to prevent road dangers, tackle inconsiderate behaviour and educate where appropriate.
a) The Road Safety Unit worked in partnership with Ashford Community Policing Team, East Kent Special Constabulary, the Rural Task Force, DVSA and Ashford Borough Council Waste Enforcement Team. This was a proactive roads-based operation which incorporated a stop site on Henwood Industrial estate as well as partner agencies crewing with officers in mobile patrols. Vehicles were searched, examined and offences investigated. 18 vehicles were stopped at the stop site and further vehicles stopped on the roads around Ashford resulting in one arrest, 9 vehicle seizures and 35 Traffic Offence Reports for various offences.
b) On a daily basis the force continued to focus on those offences that have the most impact on road deaths, commonly known as the ‘Fatal 4’ (speed, not wearing seatbelts, drink / drug impaired driving and use of mobile phones). In 2022/23, the following were recorded: