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Lincolnshire Police have launched a new road safety campaign with bumper stickers from #SlowDownInLincolnshire to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in accidents on the county’s roads.

In 2020 there were 52 deaths and 394 injured on the streets of Lincolnshire. Despite three national lockdowns, the death toll is only two fewer than last year.

Drivers are now being asked to put a # SlowDownInLincolnshire bumper sticker on their vehicle as part of the campaign run with the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership.

PCSO Dave Bunker is monitoring traffic in his town of Skegness ahead of the bumper sticker campaign. | Photo by Lincolnshire Police

The stickers should be placed on the back of a vehicle or on the rear window of a car, van, agricultural machinery, motorcycle, or other vehicle with a large fleet. It urges road users to respect their neighborhood by keeping the correct speed limit.

The stickers will be available for collection from Wednesday March 31st at the following Lincolnshire Police Stations:

  • Spalding
  • Holbeach
  • Boston
  • Sleaford
  • Stamford
  • Bourne
  • South Park, Lincoln
  • Gainsborough
  • Louth
  • Horncastle
  • Spilsby
  • Market lawn
  • Grantham
  • Mablethorpe

One of the #SlowDownInLincolnshire bumper stickers from PCSO Dave Bunker asking drivers to get behind the scheme. | Photo by Lincolnshire Police

They are also distributed by local neighborhood police teams. Drivers will be asked to take a photo of their vehicle with the sticker and label in their local police team to promote the project.

The initiative was drafted by PCSO Dave Bunker following concerns about speeding by the local community in Skegness. He investigated alternative ways to involve drivers in road safety campaigns and found a similar initiative in the US.

The project is the first in a year-long road safety campaign launched by Lincolnshire Police under the #drivesafelincs banner.

PCSO Dave Bunker monitors traffic in Skegness. | Photo by Lincolnshire Police

PCSO Bunker said, “With the help of local drivers and companies who commit to driving within the speed limit – or lower if road conditions dictate – the pace could become as socially unacceptable as driving with drinks or not buckling up.

“Let’s do this together. If the average speed were to decrease by 1%, the number of accidents on our roads would decrease by 5%. Every Lincolnshire community knows the impact speeding can have on safety, from navigating our many country roads, where blind turns or poor overtaking can be an even greater risk, to protecting the roads our children take to school go or play it safe. ”

An express bus operated by the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership with the Lincolnshire Police. | Photo by Lincolnshire Police

John Siddle of the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership added, “Despite three closings in the past year, we have still seen families torn apart by death on our roads and although the total number of collisions with injuries has decreased, deaths have remained similar as in previous years.

“We ask all drivers in Lincolnshire to slow down and be the driver who brings others and themselves to safety.”

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