in Somerset fall to lowest number according to new study
total number of people killed or injured on Somersets roads
has fallen to its lowest ever level according to new figures out
show there were 1,455 fatal, serious or slight injury casualties
in Somerset in 2015, which was was down by 10 per cent from 1,623
casualties in 2014.
were also fewer deaths with the number of fatalities dropping by
a third from 33 to 22, although the number of serious injuries rose
slightly from 185 to 188.
collision data is collected by Avon and Somerset Police and analysed
by Somerset County Councils Road Safety Team. The Road Casualty
Review is published each year to highlight trends and make recommendations
for possible solutions to problems.
figures currently available for the first half of 2016 are also
positive, showing a seven per cent reduction in the number of fatally
or seriously injured casualties compared to the first half of 2015.
Until the end of June 2016, there were 13 fatalities, 68 serious
and 601 slight injury casualties.
David Fothergill, Somerset County Councils Cabinet Member
responsible for Road Safety, said: Were committed to
doing everything we can to keep our roads safe and Im pleased
to see these latest figures going in the right direction although
I fully recognise that every death or injury is a terrible tragedy."
the annual casualty review is not just about the headline figures,
it also contains a lot of detail to help us understand current issues
and trends so we can proactively address them."
information is vital to help us target our resources in the right
places, particularly as we continue to see increasing traffic on
County Council aims to improve safety and prevent accidents in a
number of ways from engineering work like improving signs
and lines or introducing traffic calming, to targeted training of
road users or requesting support from the police for enforcement.