Monday, 23 July 2012

Cambridgeshire And Peterborough Road Casualties Continue To Fall

Following the report by the Transport Select Committee criticising the government's lack of leadership after 2011 saw a rise in road deaths for the first time in nearly a decade, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership are pleased to report that overall road casualties in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have continued to fall.

National data shows a 3% rise in the number of road deaths in 2011, while in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough the number of deaths fell by 7 in 2011 compared to 2010 - a 17.5% reduction.  The numbers are small and therefore fluctuate annually, however Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has an underlying downward trend of about 3% per year in killed and seriously injured (KSI) casualties per kilometre travelled.

Councillor Tony Orgee, Cabinet Member for Community Infrastructure at Cambridgeshire County Council, said:  "Whilst nationally there was a slight increase in people killed or seriously injured on the roads, Cambridgeshire continued to see a downward trend. This is positive news, however every person injured on the roads brings personal tragedy and Cambridgeshire County Council continues to work hard with our partners to target Road Safety Education, Engineering and Enforcement in the areas that need it most."

PC Steve Gedny, Casualty Reduction Officer for Cambridgeshire Constabulary, added:  "Whilst the increase in the national figures is disappointing, it is pleasing that Cambridgeshire's figures have seen a slight decrease.  But in this time of cuts and organisational changes it is a warning that we cannot afford to become complacent where road safety is concerned.

"Every fatality has a far wider effect and it's not just the victim but friends, relatives and everyone involved in dealing with such incidents that are affected.  We must not take our eye off the ball where road safety is concerned, but strive to maintain the improvements that have been made."

Dave Warren, Head of Community Safety for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "It is testament to the hard work of the Road Safety Partnership that Cambridgeshire's figures have continued to fall during a time of reduced resources. We hope that with initiatives such as Drive 2 Arrive, which aims to educate young people in an interactive way, and our work with partners to reduce reoffending regarding dangerous driving, will help maintain this trend.

"Firefighters dealing with road traffic collisions are all too aware of the devastation they can cause which is why we will continue to work with our partnership agencies to make Cambridgeshire's roads safer."