Road Safety In Bournemouth

Find out about road safety information, advice and support to help everyone travel safely in our town

Making our roads safer

Road safety report

Our 2021 Road Safety Report details all the valuable work we do to keep our road users safe. If you'd like further advice or information about our work, please email our Road Safety Team.  

Dorset Strategic Road Safety Partnership Strategy 2021-30

The Dorset Strategic Road Safety Partnership (DSRSP) has a clear aim and commitment to eradicate preventable deaths and serious injuries on Dorset’s roads.

All partners with responsibility for road safety must work together to deliver this strategy and work towards achieving the objectives within it, especially Local Authorities, who have a statutory duty in this respect. Effective collaboration is the most effective way to reduce deaths and serious injuries and ensure that everyone can travel safely on Dorset’s roads.

The DSRSP is committed to achieve this through the delivery of a coordinated, prioritised and evidence-based strategy. This strategy brings together partners’ education, enforcement and engineering activities to address common themes, delivered through the Dorset Road Safe Tactical Group.

Reported road collisions and casualties

See our summary of reported road collisions and casualties that occurred in 2018 and how these figures compare to 2017 and the 2005/09 National Indicators and Local Targets.

Road safety newsletter

Find out more about the fantastic partnership work that's happening across the county to improve road safety in the Dorset Road Safety Newsletter.

Penalty increase for using mobile phone while driving

The penalty for holding and using your mobile phone while driving is now 6 points and £200.

THINK campaign

Any time a driver’s attention is not on the road can be dangerous. That’s why THINK!’s latest campaign challenges the misconception that a quick glance at your phone won’t hurt.

The THINK! Safer Cycling Campaign. An initiative to remind cyclists to 'hang back' at junctions. Avoid getting caught between a lorry and a left hand turn.  

Road safety for adults

  • Adult cycle training Provided through our team of nationally accredited Bikeability instructors. For anyone over 16 who lives, works or studies in Bournemouth. Sessions cover safety checks, basic bike control skills and route planning.
  • Bike Maintenance Courses Learn about bike maintenance and minor repairs.
  • Mini Bus Driving Training One day training courses for anyone who wants to drive a minibus (a vehicle containing 9-16 passenger seats). Training provided at a school or other suitable location.
  • Car Seat Check Clinics - An alarming number of child car seats are incorrectly fitted. Make sure your in-car child seats are fitted correctly. 
  • Latest ADI makes conduct of driving instructors clearer - a new version of the approved driving instructor (ADI) register guide has been published.
  • Flood Water Please be aware of the dangers of driving through flood water. Heed the advice from the AA in dealing with this dangerous weather condition.

Road safety for children and young people

  • Free cycle training for children aged 10 and over. Our Bikeability course combines Bikeability Levels 1 and 2 to improve road safety awareness for young cyclists. Once successfully completed, there's also a free Level 3 course. This helps improve children's skills on more challenging roads and junctions.
    The Department for Transport funds these courses so that we can deliver them to you for free.
  • STEPs Safety Training Education Programme for Primary school children in Years 1 and 4.  
  • CCTV cameras outside Bournemouth Schools are there to deter cars and other vehicles from stopping there illegally. 
  • Pre-school road safety. We lend road safety equipment to pre-school groups to help them teach road safety skills to preschoolers. The equipment is available for loan for one week at a time. This is a free service. Please email our Road Safety team to find out more or arrange an equipment loan.                         
  • School Crossing Patrols. We are responsible for risk management at school crossing patrol sites and any engineering and traffic measures which are needed there.
    We also manage the School Crossing Patrol service, including recruitment. To find out about permanent vacancies or opportunities as a mobile relief patroller or a relief patroller specific to a particular school, email 

How to find out about road traffic accidents

You can ask us for information about traffic accidents by sending a plan of the area you're interested in. Let us know the dates you want to know about. We provide accident detail listing (stats 19) and can also plot the accidents. This will cost from £100 (+ VAT) for requests made for commercial purposes. Contact us to find out more.

National campaigns and useful resources