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Saturday, 04 July 2015

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Call for safety spending to curb Cumbria road deaths toll

CUMBRIA is among the six worst areas in the country for the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads year-on-year, new figures claim.

Statistics released by the Institute of Advanced Motorists yesterday put the county in the bottom three, along with Lancashire and Kent.

But Cumbria County Council disputed the figures and insisted the situation in the county had greatly improved, compared to similar-sized local authority areas.

The county council’s figures showed that, in Cumbria, 33 more people were killed or seriously injured in 2013 compared to the previous year – up from 196 to 229.

Simon Best, chief executive of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said: “Figures will always vary from year to year but the wide variations do suggest that some councils are much better at putting measures in place that are having a marked difference in reducing the numbers of deaths and serious injuries on their roads.

“As the economy improves, spending on road safety must be seen as a priority across the whole of the UK with clear strategies in place to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads. Even one death on our roads is one too many.”

A county council spokeswoman said: “Since 2003, the number of people killed or seriously injured on Cumbria’s roads has almost halved. In 2013 this number was 229, which, given the size and scale of Cumbria, is low compared to other comparable counties. The total number of casualties, including slight or minor injuries, in Cumbria are at the lowest ever in 10 years – around 1,600 per year. In comparison North Yorkshire had 2,300 casualties last year.

“The Cumbria Road Safety Partnership, including the county’s highways teams, fire service and police, constantly identify ways to reduce the number of accidents. Schemes such as the Allerdale Speed Limit Review are being implemented and the council is committed to listening to the views of local people who request lower speed limits in their area.”

Have your say

Always the knee jerk reaction is reduce speed limits. I believe improving the standard of driver education and a culture of continual learning would be the better answer.

Posted by Geoff Johnson on 30 July 2014 at 18:22

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