Benefits of reducing Road Accidents.   

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Introduction.

Individuals.

Communities.

Society.

Police.

Courts.

Emergency services.

Industry.

Hospitals.
Governments.
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Introduction.
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At Road Supervisors... we believe that successful implementation of this Plan could result in a reduction in the 'Death' rate of more than 50%.  Many aspects of Road Safety: [i.e. some road design, vehicle engineering and modern medicine] are aimed at helping people to 'survive' accidents... rather than actually 'prevent' them... so it is quite possible to have some reduction in the 'Death' rate... even while the 'Accident' rate continues to rise.
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Our focus... is very much on reducing the number of Deaths and Injuries by reducing the number of Accidents... which means raising driving standards right across the board... and particularly, eradicating much of the high-risk activities that the most serious and persistent offender like to indulge in.  
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The benefits to Society of a major reduction in accidents... without going to huge expense, are enormous.  The following covers some areas... 
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Individuals.
Every person using the roads would benefit from a lower accident rate.  This reduces their chances of being killed or injured, or being responsible for someone else's death, which may have resulted in them going to prison.  It would generally reduce Insurance premiums, [though for some it may have the opposite affect.]  It would empower many Individuals, if they managed to attain the necessary standards to become a Road Supervisor.  It would eliminate much of the aggression from the roads and foster an atmosphere that was more considerate and courteous.
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Spending long hours on the roads should become an altogether more enjoyable/less frustrating experience.
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Communities.
This would also empower Communities... small groups of people... however they are made up.  If they had a particular problem in their area, for example... cars 'speeding' past their children's school... or down their street... they could get together with other parents or neighbours and do something about it.  They would not have to rely exclusively on the Police... who in all probability would not have the resources to deal with the problem on a day to day basis. 
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Coming together to solve a collective problem is also a very good way to build community spirit.
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Society.
For Society in general there are potentially many benefits... both Social and Economic.  As with any other type of 'crime' it is far easier to say that you are going to be 'tough on crime' than it is to say that you are going to build a more law-abiding community... but that is, in part, the intention of Road Supervisors.
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To encourage responsibility by getting as many people as possible to actively participate in their own Society.
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Police.
Possibly the Police would be affected more by these changes than any other group... but hopefully in a positive way.  For them it should mean a lot less emphasis on patrolling roads and dealing with minor accidents.  This would give them a lot more time to deal with more serious crime... so possibly this could also have an affect on the wider crime statistics.  
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They would have access to a great deal more Information supplied by Road Supervisors... about Accidents, Incidents and Suspicious vehicles... which could help when investigating other crimes.
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Finally... it would give Police the opportunity to develop positive relationships with ordinary members of the public through the Review Panels... and Road Supervisors' Branch Meetings.
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Courts.
The aim of Road Supervisors is to achieve a much higher rate of 'compliance' to the rules of the road.  If this was successful... there would be a lot less prosecutions coming to Court... giving them more time for other cases.  For those who do appear in Court... there could be a lot more Information available concerning the offender... those with a good record may have a near empty 'File'... while those with a really bad record may have hundreds of reports in their 'File' covering a number of years.
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Whether a Court was able to use this Information 'wisely' is a whole separate issue.
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Emergency Services.
A serious accident can put demands on all the Emergency services in an area for an extended period of time... so again... less accidents means less demand on the services which means they are available to deal with other problems quicker.
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Hospitals.
Serious accident victims can spend weeks or months in hospital and rehabilitation... and some the rest of their lives.  As many hospitals are often stretched to the limits a reduction in accident victims would make a great difference to the quality of service they are able to provide in other areas.  Accidents are also very disruptive because they are totally unpredictable... priorities suddenly change... operation are postponed or rescheduled to deal with the emergencies.  
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There is no doubt... the best cure is 'prevention'!
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Industry.
In an ever more competitive world, industry continually looks for ways to reduce costs.  A lower accident rate means lower insurance premiums... less time with vehicles off the road being repaired... less time with employees off work recovering from injuries... less hold ups on the roads which means quicker and more reliable delivery times.  
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Feedback from Road Supervisors' reports would allow employers to take preventative action involving possible problem employees.
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Governments.
For Governments the biggest difference would be the financial savings... and the ability to re-allocate scarce resources to other areas.  A successful Implementation means any Government would be able to take the credit for their electorate having a bit more money in their pockets... Industry being more competitive... shorter waiting lists for operations... and a lower level of crime... without having to raise taxes.
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