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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Rise in deaths and serious injuries on Cumbria's roads

Cumbria is among the three worst performing areas in the UK when it comes to reductions in the number of people killed or seriously injured on roads last year.

The three worst performing areas were Lancashire, Kent and Cumbria.

In Lancashire, 72 more people were killed or seriously injured last year compared to 2012. In Kent it was 70 more and Cumbria 43, says the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

The top three reduction areas were Nottinghamshire, Tower Hamlets and Chester/Chester West with some 98, 81 and 78 fewer people respectively killed or seriously injured.

Simon Best, chief executive of the institute, 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.”

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