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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Fall in number of Cumbrian road casualties

The number of people injured on Cumbria’s roads is the lowest since monitoring began in 2000 and 400 fewer than five years ago.

Road crash photo
A car is removed after a crash

The latest figures, for 2013, show 1,629 people were injured, including 28 who died. The number of fatalities is down a fifth in the past five years and the lowest since 2010.

The county council attributed the drop, in part, to better education of drivers and training programmes for motorcyclists.

Keith Little, responsible for highways and safety with the county council, said the Cumbria Road Safety Partnership had been working hard on a number of fronts.

“Our education and training initiatives target people of all ages, with a particular focus on young people, older people and motorcyclists,” he said.

“It is heartening to see this work bearing fruit in terms of a major reduction in the number of casualties on our roads. I would like to thank our partners for their hard work which has without doubt helped to achieve these figures.”

Mr Little said any injury or death had a “profound impact” on families and friends.

“Ultimately, road users need to take responsibility for their own behaviour by driving at the correct speed, not taking risks, being fit to drive and staying attentive at all times,” he said. “A moment’s relapse can cause a lifetime of ramifications.”

The road safety group runs programmes such as Bike Safe, which involves workshops for riders to raise awareness of safer driving and speed.

Cumbria’s fire and rescue service also does road safety work, including programmes with schools. They say a quarter of all their calls involve road crashes. Since 2007, firefighters have carried more than 720 road awareness sessions with around 17,000 young people. They have visited more than 200 schools and colleges across the county. The road safety group also contributes £100 of the £150 fee for the Pass Plus schemes with newly qualified drivers. See www.crsp.co.uk for more information.

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