HIGHWAYS bosses in Derbyshire insist they are working hard to cut the number of crashes on the county’s roads after being named as one of the most dangerous areas of the country.
A report by the Road Safety Foundation named roads in the East Midlands as the most dangerous in Britain.
Council chiefs put part of the reason down to the geography of its roads and the lack of motorways - which is considered as the safest road type.
Safety bosses also believe part of the answer lies with motorcyclists and say ‘too many are running into trouble’ on the county’s roads.
The comments come less than a month after Newhall motorcyclist Matthew Illsley was killed after coming off his bike near Netherseal.
A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council said: “We’re working hard to make our roads safer but we face a number of challenges.
“More than two-thirds of the crashes on our three ‘persistently higher risk’ routes involved a motorcyclist. Riders love our countryside roads but too many of them are running into trouble.
“We work hard to prevent motorcycle crashes in Derbyshire. We offer discounted training to new and qualified riders.
“The physical geography of our county also plays its part in the challenges we face. The Derbyshire routes categorised as ‘persistently higher risk’ are countryside roads with lots of bends and hills.”