vows to improve Somerset road safety after 22 deaths in 2015
figures released this week show 22 people were killed on Somersets
roads during 2015 as a fresh effort is launched to increase road
total for 2015 was 11 fatalities fewer than in 2014 but Somerset
County Council wants to reduce the numbers further.
Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Councils Cabinet
Member for Highways, right, said: "Im pleased
to see a drop in the number of road deaths across Somerset in
2015 although clearly a single death is one too many."
important we do analyse statistics like this thoroughly so we
can make sure we target our resources in the right areas."
you might expect for a predominately rural county, the majority
of deaths were on country roads and we will be looking at ways
to raise awareness of the specific dangers associated with these
types of road, as well as carrying out road improvements where
a need is identified."
Councils road safety team receives police reports following
any injury accidents recorded by the police and carries out its
own research to identify trends and look for ways to improve safety
across Somersets 4,000 miles of roads.
2015, five of the deaths were on urban roads 11 were on
rural roads with the remaining six on trunk roads including the
M5 and A303 which are also classed as rural.
analysis of the statistics shows that 73% of fatal collisions
involved cars, 9% motorcycles, 9% pedal cycles, 5% vans and 5%
accident resulted in a single fatality. 59% were drivers, 27%
passengers and 14% were pedestrians.
terms of ages, 41% of casualties were over the age of 59, 23%
were between 40 and 59, 18% 25 to 39 and 18% in the 16 to 24 age
latest Department for Transport figures, the 22 fatal accidents
are estimated to have cost more than £45 million in damage
and lost output, not including the emotional impact of the irreplaceable
loss of a family member.
Road Safety provides advice to thousands of people every year
through educational events and also runs Bikeability courses for
school children and trains School Crossing Patrols. The team also
supports companies through the Mind Your Business programme and
has more than 2,000 subscribers through Facebook and Twitter.
Councils Small Improvement Schemes programme helps to resolve
community concerns and road safety problems by providing engineering
solutions at priority sites.