Changing the layout of roads and improving the design of junctions can help to reduce crashes.
In Derbyshire, most roads are managed by Derbyshire County Council or Derby City Council. The remaining roads, which form part of the strategic network designed to move people and freight around the country, are looked after by the Highways Agency on behalf of central government. Examples include the M1 motorway and the A38 trunk road.
Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council and the Highways Agency are all responsible for ensuring that the road network is as safe as possible for all types of user. They carry out repairs and introduce safety engineering schemes designed to prevent crashes. Typical schemes can involve:
- Revising speed limits
- Introducing new traffic signs and road markings to warn of potential hazards
- Re-surfacing the road with anti-skid materials
- Installing traffic lights