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Accidents are marked out on the Hampshire Police map
Accidents are marked out on the Hampshire Police map
Julie Corben

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CRASHES on roads across Hampshire can now be tracked on an interactive map.

The map, called TraffWeb, is featured on the Hampshire Police website and marks out where accidents which caused injuries have taken place on the roads across Hampshire.

Markers on the map indicate the severity of the injury caused - slight, serious or fatal.

Sergeant Rob Heard, from Hampshire Police’s road safety team, said: ‘I hope it will improve safety, as people will be more aware what is going on around them.

‘Basically, people can put their postcode in, or an area of interest, and it will show them the location of where there has been a fatal, serious or slight accident.

‘The map is a way of sharing that information with the public. People can see where roads can be dangerous in certain areas, and think “maybe I should take a bit more care”.’

Portsmouth’s accident hot-spots can be seen on TraffWeb, including Fratton Road, in Fratton, London Road, in North End, and the roundabout between Spur Road and Southampton Road, in Cosham.

The public can also see where crashes have happened on the area’s motorways, including the M27, M275 and the A3(M).

For each accident marked on the map, details are given for the number of vehicles, bikes and pedestrians involved, how many casualties there have been at that spot, and how many children and elderly people have been involved.

Sgt Heard added: ‘The site is a way of sharing information that identifies why we are doing different things in different areas.

‘Through the technology, we can always make sure we are putting our resources in the right places. It is a way of highlighting trends and issues.’

The location of Hampshire’s speed cameras are also listed on TraffWeb - including fixed, mobile and decommissioned cameras. The eventual plan is to mark the number of speed offences prosecuted at each camera site on the map.

Sgt Heard said listing the speed camera positions is also for the purpose of sharing information, and highlighting why police have installed cameras in those areas.

TraffWeb currently has data from January 2011 to June 2014, and will be updated every six months.

To view the map click here.