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Thursday, 28 August 2014

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Cumbria drivers issued with safety plea after 21 crashes in a day

A SAFETY plea has been made after more than 20 accidents were reported in Cumbria.

Police received a total of 21 callouts across the county with four people seriously injured.

A snapshot of the collisions is below:

· 8:11am, Bowness on Windermere. Renault Clio, male driver aged 57, collided with a Kawasaki motorbike, male driver aged 44. Minor injuries.

· 9:56am, Grange over Sands. Ford Fiesta, male driver aged 67, collided with pedal cyclist, male aged 60. Slight injuries.

· 3:15pm, Whitehaven, Range Rover, female driver aged 46, collided with Ford Fiesta driven by female aged 76. Slight injuries

· 5:36pm, Penrith, Alfa Romeo Mito female driver aged 40, collided with Triumph motorbike, male driver aged 51. Minor injuries.

Chief Inspector Matt Kennerley, of Cumbria police, said: “Cumbria is one of the most picturesque and scenic areas in England and also has one of the most varied road networks.

“On a nice day there can be a large number of people travelling around the county, visiting key areas and tourist attractions, which results in more traffic on the roads. Therefore, it is important that people remain aware and alert when driving.

“The road network in Cumbria can be challenging, even for experienced drivers/riders. By reducing your speed, leaving sufficient braking distance from the driver in front and taking greater care, we can reduce the risk of a collision and help to make sure everyone reaches their destination safely.”

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