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Area has ‘safest roads in UK’ according to figures

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 13, 2014

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NEW statistics have shown that the number of people killed or seriously injured on roads in East Staffordshire has fallen by 25 per cent in the past year.

The latest figures are the lowest ever recorded and put the area’s roads among the top three safest in the country.

Across the entire county, 165 people were either killed or seriously injured compared to 221 in the previous year, a reduction of 56 and the number of people slightly injured had also reduced by 6.3 per cent to 2,697 a drop of 180.

Simon Tagg, cabinet support member for transport and connected county at Staffordshire County Council, said: “These latest figures are incredibly encouraging and prove that the hard work and innovative campaigns we are running to make our roads safer are paying off.

“We are determined to make Staffordshire’s roads even safer and will continue to work closely with our colleagues in the police and fire services and wider Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership.”

The Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership is committed to reducing casualties on the county’s highways through a combination of education and training programmes, enforcement, road engineering and works and publicity.

Staffordshire Police’s Chief Constable Mike Cunningham said: “Residents regularly tell us that they are concerned about the safety of the roads in the areas where they live and our officers see the impact on the families of those affected by the most serious collisions.

“We have to remember behind every number is a personal tragedy and we are determined to continue working towards reducing the number of casualties even further through enforcement and education.”

Head of risk reduction at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Glynn Luznyj said: “These figures are extremely positive and demonstrate the lifesaving effect that we can have by working closely with our partners in the police and at the county council.”

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