10:52 Wednesday 09 January 2013

Burton road safety outperforming national stats

Written byBY HELEN KREFT

Mike Maryon Mike Maryon

THE number of people killed or seriously injured on East Staffordshire’s roads is falling – outperforming national targets, latest statistics have revealed.

Figures from the Department for Transport (DfT) have recorded a reduction in the county last year when compared to the previous four years.

There has been a steady downward trend with the number of people killed or seriously injured in the county falling from 183 in 2008, to 126 in 2012.

Councillor Mike Maryon, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “The latest figures are very encouraging and prove that the many measures we have introduced to improve road safety are effective.

“For example, the 20mph speed indicator devices that we’re rolling out outside schools have already proved to be very popular and we intend to build on this success.

“We are determined to make Burton’s roads even safer and will do so, by working together with the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership.”

The Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership aims to reduce casualties on the county’s highways through education and training for all age groups, speed enforcement, road engineering and publicity.

Chief Inspector Steve Smytheman, head of roads policing for Staffordshire Police, added: “We proactively target motorists who drive irresponsibly by not wearing a seatbelt or using their mobile phones. And through initiatives like BikeSafe we work with motorcyclists on the roadside to discuss safety issues and make sure their bikes are visible, ridden safely and roadworthy.

“Staffordshire Police and their partners in the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership are also particularly pro-active in targeting risk taking drivers with educational interventions that aim to change driver attitudes.”

The latest figures for the number of deaths and serious injuries on Staffordshire’s roads are the lowest ever recorded and have outperformed national casualty reduction targets set by the Department for Transport.

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