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Number of people killed on North Yorkshire roads falls


Published by The Stray FM News Team at 10:22am 1st February 2018.

The number of people killed in collisions on North Yorkshire’s road fell in 2016, as did the overall number of casualties.

These reductions have been welcomed by North Yorkshire County Council as it publishes its annual casualty report, but with a note of caution as the number of people seriously injured rose.

In 2016, 28 people were killed in collisions, down from 31 the previous year and the lowest number since modern records began in North Yorkshire in 1990. The total number of casualties fell by three per cent, down to 2,250 in 2016.

The number of children killed or seriously injured decreased by half, from 20 in 2015 to 10 in 2016. However, one child was killed in North Yorkshire, the first child fatality in the county since 2012, and another died in the city of York area.

The number of motorcyclist fatalities fell from 12 in 2015 to eight in 2016, but the number seriously injured increased by 25 per cent to 127 and the total number of motorcycle casualties increased by one to 268.

One cyclist was killed in 2016, compared to four in 2015, though the number seriously injured increased from 53 to 59.

Overall, the number of people seriously injured rose by one per cent from 399 in 2015 to 403 in 2016. This is the third lowest number of people seriously injured since records began in 1990.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Road Safety, said: “Road safety is a priority for the County Council. We are pleased to see that the number of fatalities is falling, but every death on our roads is a death too many.

“Since 1990, we have seen a slow downward trend, with fluctuations, in road deaths in the county and we are striving to continue this trend. We plan investment to reduce and prevent collisions and casualties, focusing funding where it can make the biggest difference.”

Commenting on the publication of the 2016 figures, Assistant Chief Constable Amanda Oliver said:
“We work closely with our partners at the 95 Alive Road Safety Partnership to achieve our shared goal of making North Yorkshire’s roads as safe as we possibly can and the fact that fatal collisions fell in 2016 has been welcomed by all involved.

“However, we are mindful of the fact that every road death is a tragedy and that the number of people sustaining serious injuries on our roads rose in 2016.

“Policing the roads in North Yorkshire is both diverse and challenging, however North Yorkshire Police remain committed to working alongside our road safety partners and improving the level of road safety for all in the region.”

The County Council works closely with other local authorities, emergency services and other agencies in the 95 Alive York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership to continue to reduce the number of people killed and injured on the roads.

The annual casualty report is published on www.roadwise.co.uk/using-the-road/statistics on 1 February.

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