Carnell | SAFETYcam secures successful court convictions and picks up international road safety award
SAFETYcam has become a familiar sight on many of our construction projects around the country over the last few years. Carnell’s multi award winning innovation is now been used by a growing number of clients in the battle to make our construction sites safer and help roadworkers and customers go home safe and well.
With the dual purpose of reducing third-party incursions into work zones and reducing site vehicles speeding within work zones, SAFETYcam focuses on managing risk and changing behaviour in an efficient and agile way.
In the last three years, SAFETYcam has been deployed on 486 sites across the country, capturing data from 227,183 vehicles. In that time SAFETYcam has recorded 54,410 site vehicles travelling above the site speed limit. With that representing 24% of site vehicles speeding, it’s clear more needs to be done to ensure that the mitigation measures put in place to ensure safety on site are being adhered to. As pressure grows to increase productivity within road closures, SAFETYcam is mobile and can be deployed to different areas of a site to drive increased compliance.
Over that same three-year period, SAFETYcam has captured 615 third party vehicle incursions into work zones. Each one of these represents an increased risk for roadworkers. Doing something with that information is key to achieving long term behaviour change from road users. Carnell have developed a growing confidence with police forces across the country through the evidence packs prepared to support prosecution. Crucially the evidence provided by SAFETYcam has been successful in securing six successful court convictions of road-users in 2019 for dangerous driving. Alongside engineering and education, wider publicity of this successful enforcement will help the industry drive real behaviour change.
As well as the six convictions, there are a further 370 cases (60%) across 8 different police forces, awaiting prosecution through the courts. Of the remainder, 142 (23%) have been issued with strong warning letters by the police where any future traffic offence could lead to prosecution, with only 97 (16%) deemed by the police as requiring no further action.
Building on a glittering array of safety and innovation awards for SAFETYcam, this month Carnell picked up a prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award. For over 30 years, these Royal Awards have been presented to companies and organisations throughout the world in recognition of outstanding achievement and innovation in improving road safety. The award recognises the role SAFETYcam has played in improving roadworker safety across the country and SAFETYcam now joins a list of world leading road safety initiatives that have been recognised through these awards. Carnell’s SAFETYcam team were honoured to pick up the award from His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent in London in December, alongside winners from India, Belarus, Tunisia, Italy, Malaysia, USA, Singapore, Slovenia and Africa.
Announcing the award, Adrian Walsh, Director of The Prince Michael Awards said:
“The judges were impressed by the use of applied technology to ensure an additional level of safety for those who are vulnerable as they carry out essential maintenance and construction work on our roads.”
Reflecting on this international recognition, Aidan Clarke, Managing Director at Carnell said:
“As a business we are always looking to innovate. The first place we look to do this is in helping our workforce go home safe and well at the end of every shift. SAFETYcam helps address the real risk of injury from both speeding site vehicles and vehicle incursions into roadworks which is a growing area of concern.”
Carnell’s SAFETYcam fleet has now grown to 28 vehicles, and as well as housing the technology to support prosecution, SAFETYcam ingeniously doubles as a welfare facility. It’s clear then that SAFETYcam has and will continue to make a major contribution to everyone going home safe and well.
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