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Reduction in traffic collisions during TT 2010 15 June 2010

TOTAL road traffic collisions reduced by around 13% during TT 2010 compared with last year.

Initial statistics up to Sunday evening (June 13) suggest this year’s road safety campaign has been successful.

Head of the Roads Policing Unit Inspector Mark Britton said:

‘It looks like collision figures are down on last year, with 86 collisions recorded at this year’s TT festival compared with 99 last year. Last year there were 57 collisions on the mountain circuit compared with 49 this year.
‘I attribute that to the great partnerships we have developed with other agencies that enable us to collaborate over the road safety campaign and other strategies to help keep accidents to a minimum. There’s a substantial amount of pre-planning involved and it’s pleasing when the extensive preparations achieve the result we all aim for. It seems people are heeding the warnings and clearly they are avoiding the fines that can result and, importantly, reducing the number of serious accidents leading to death or life changing injuries.’

Statistics show there was one fatality and 24 slight injury collisions – the same as 2009 – but other categories recorded a reduction. There were 24 serious (26) and 32 damage only (44). Remaining figures are collisions involving animals and as yet unclassified on severity.

The Roads Policing Unit credits a team effort with partners including the other emergency services, colleagues in the departments of Infrastructure, Home Affairs and others such as the DoI’s Road Safety unit for achieving the reduction this year.

Home Affairs Minister Adrian Earnshaw MHK commented:

‘Many people don’t realise what enormous efforts are made to minimise the risk of accidents of both residents and race fans, and I’d like to pay tribute to everyone who plays a part in that. Almost as soon as the TT finishes, planning starts on the next event and a lot of hard work is undertaken to strive for ever greater reductions in road traffic collisions. Well done to all involved for this year’s achievements.’

Infrastructure Minister Phil Gawne MHK said:

‘The Department’s 2010 TT Road Safety campaign was a continuation of the successful 2009 campaign, Stay alert, stay alive. It is the Department’s aim to reduce the number of road traffic accidents which occur on the Isle of Man’s roads not only at TT week but all year round and it is particularly pleasing to see that accident figures have reduced when the number of motorcycles visiting the TT has increased by 5% from 9,900 to 10,150 this year. However, I am always sorry to hear about the occurrence of any road traffic incidents on the Island’s highway network, particularly those which result in a fatality or serious injury to those involved.
‘I would like to thank residents and visitors for their co-operation with the speed limits and one-way system on the Mountain Road imposed for the TT festival, your consideration really does help to make the TT festival safer for everyone.’

Officers of the Roads Policing Unit are boosted from eight to 18 for the festival fortnight with an additional two Inspectors and one additional Sergeant. Two German officers also attended to assist with communicating to visiting German fans.

During TT 2010, officers issued 148 roadside cautions for a combination of offences, mainly speeding and the manner of riding. They also increased the hours on laser patrols to 13,045 minutes, equivalent to 217 hours 25 minutes. A total of 299 people were reported for offences varying from speeding and crossing double white lines to failing to wear a seatbelt and riding or driving without due care and attention (237 in 2009). A total of 308 summonses were served.

Chief Constable Mike Langdon summed up:

‘We don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun and have adopted a policing style to enhance community safety during the TT by targeting the areas of highest risk, such as inappropriate riding and speeding, while encouraging police officers to engage with people enjoying the festivities.
‘Detailed analysis of the statistics will follow to allow us to pinpoint any factors that can assist in helping focus our resources next year to ensure the TT remains a period of relatively low crime while maintaining its festival atmosphere, and we are happy to be able to work with all our partners inside and outside government to achieve that.’

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