Updated: Thursday, 21st November 2019 @ 5:16pm

Have your say: Shocking 42% rise in road deaths prompts Greater Manchester Police to seek public's help

Have your say: Shocking 42% rise in road deaths prompts Greater Manchester Police to seek public's help

By Mancunian Matters staff

Road deaths increased by a shocking 42% last year – and now Greater Manchester Police are inviting the public to have their say on how they deal with collisions.

The public are asked on their thoughts on how police respond to, report and investigate road traffic collisions.

Seventy-five people were killed on the roads in Greater Manchester last year – a figure Chief Constable Peter Fahy described at the time the figures were released as ‘absolutely awful’.

Superintendent Craig Thompson from Greater Manchester Police Roads Policing Unit said: “People who have views on road safety especially those with first-hand experience of the aftermath of a fatal or serious road traffic collision can help us by giving us an insight into their experience and expectations.

“Through this consultation we want to improve the way we work to prevent, reduce and investigate fatal road collisions and make our roads safer for all road users.”

The consultation forms part of the national review, aimed at updated the Road Death Investigation Manual – last reviewed in 2007.

Hard-hitting safety campaigns such as ‘Dicing with Death’, and increased enforcement of speeding, drink driving and dangerous driving offences are some of the efforts already made by GMP.

However Superintendent Thompson admitted that while GMP work hard to reduce road deaths and injuries from collisions, they may not have all the answers.

ACC Sean White, ACPO lead for the investigation of fatal and life changing road collisions, said: “Families quite rightly expect their police service to prevent and reduce these collisions from occurring and in the unexpected event that it impacts upon them they are entitled to the best service and support to aid them through such difficult time.  

“We are committed to listening to their experiences and views as well as those of partner agencies, and to updating and amending our policy and practices to keep pace with and, where possible, exceed expectations.”

The public have until Sepetember 7 to leave their comments on GMP’s website here, or by writing to the ACPO lead for the investigation of fatal and life changing road collisions across England and Wales, ACC Sean White via Cleveland Police Headquarters, PO Box 70, Ladgate Lane, Middlesbrough, TS8 9EH.

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