By Ninder Kaur

The new plan, for 2015-2018 continues to look at initiatives to make roads safer, but now also includes Public Health elements. The proposed new plans aims to reduce hospital admissions caused by unintentional injury,
infant mortality and the mortality rate from preventable causes.

road safety

The West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan has set a target to reduce the number of fatal and serious road casualties in West Yorkshire by 50% in 2026. In the Bradford district, this would mean a drop from 248
to 124 casualties. Bradford Council has an overall responsibility to cut the number of crashes and injuries.

The plan sets out a number of initiatives including:

*  Working with local residents in the local area committees to look at
what safety measures are best for the local community.

*  Looking at highways improvement schemes such as reducing vehicle
speeds, encouraging increased walking, cycling and public transport use.

*  Promoting road safety awareness and encouraging safer road use.

*  Providing road safety education and training for pre-school, primary
and secondary schoolchildren.

Initiatives to be carried out during the course of the plan to reduce
casualities include:

* Strengthening links between Area Committees and local communities
* Providing and maintaining safer roads
* Promoting safer road use and influencing driver and rider behaviour
* Road Safety education and training
* Reducing road speeds.

Coun Val Slater, Executive Member for Housing, Planning and Transport, said: “The new plan reinforces our commitment to work with our partners to make the district a safer place to live, work and travel. Safer roads
will also improve health, wellbeing and quality of life.”