Bodmin Moor is to become the first part of the UK to run a unique community project to help improve road safety and reduce the number of livestock that are killed or injured on its roads each year.
The Dash Camera Road Safety Project, part of the Bodmin Moor Rural Crime initiative, a partnership forum that includes representatives from agencies and groups such as the Association of Bodmin Moor Landowners and Bodmin Moor Commons Council will involve almost 100 local farmers, landowners and members of the community alongside partners from, Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service and Forestry England.
Those participating in the project will be provided with dash cameras and encouraged to record and submit incidents which put either animals or other road users in danger. These incidents could range from traffic offences and collisions involving livestock as well as anti-social behaviour and will be uploaded and acted upon via Devon & Cornwall Police’s Operation Snap initiative.
The project has been funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Cornwall Community Foundation’s Crimebeat Fund. Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez said: “On a daily basis, communities across Cornwall are being affected by people driving dangerously so it’s absolutely right that I should try to help those communities do something about it.”
“The answer to most problems lies within communities themselves so, through Cornwall Community Foundation, we are asking interested groups how they would make the roads where they live safer – to slow drivers down, stop anti-social road use, prevent accidents and ultimately save lives.”
PC Chris Collins rural affairs officer for Devon & Cornwall Police who initiated the project, said “We are seeing significant numbers of animals killed or injured by road users on Bodmin Moor each year. During 2019 over 70 sheep, cows and ponies were killed or injured and this year already, a further 38 animals have been killed or injured. This project will not only support our local farmers and landowners, but also help to make the roads a safer place for livestock and all moorland road users.”