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Fewer people killed or seriously injured on North Yorkshire roads.

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Published by May Norman at 8:52am 16th November 2018. (Updated at 1:16pm 16th November 2018)

  • Number of people killed and seriously injured dropped by almost 16% between 2010 and 2017
  • North Yorkshire Police fourth in the country at reducing fatal and serious injury crashes
  • More motorcyclists killed in 2018 than during the entirety of 2017

The number of people killed or seriously injured on North Yorkshire's roads has dropped.

In 2010, 553 people died or were seriously injured in the county but that figure stood at 465 when compared to last year which results in an almost 16 per cent reduction.

North Yorkshire Police says that makes it the fourth most successful force at reducing deaths and casualties.

The county’s figures buck the trend of a 12% rise across England and Wales during the same period – between 2010 and 2017.

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North Yorkshire Police  claim changing driver behaviour is largely responsible for the local reduction, following a raft of education and enforcement campaigns, and thanked motorists for “working with us to cut casualties”.

The force has worked closely with other organisations, and says partnership working and a mix of education and enforcement has played a key role.

Andy Tooke, of North Yorkshire Police’s Traffic Bureau, said:

“Crashes involving deaths and serious injuries in our county have consistently fallen throughout this decade.

"The way people drive inevitably plays a big part in that, so we’d like to thank motorists for working with us to cut casualties and achieve such a significant reduction over a number of years.

“When we talk about casualty figures, it’s important to remember we’re talking about real people and real lives. We’re talking about 88 fewer families that have to receive a knock on the door and the horrific news that a loved one has been killed or suffered life-changing injuries in a collision.

“While many factors can contribute towards fatal and serious-injury collisions, driver behaviour is consistently one of the most significant factors.

“Throughout this decade, we’ve been educating drivers through things like operational activities, media campaigns and speed awareness courses, along side the use of enforcement techniques such as mobile safety cameras and highly proactive drink and drug driving enforcement.

“These figures suggest the strategy we’ve adopted is working and we are cutting casualties at a time when they’re actually increasing nationally.

“But we still have a lot of work to do – a single road death is one too many. Reducing casualties on our roads remains one of North Yorkshire Police’s top priorities, and we’ll continue to use a mix of education and enforcement to encourage motorists to drive more carefully.”

North Yorkshire Police will continue to protect road users, in particular vulnerable groups such as motorcyclists. So far in 2018, there have been more biker fatalities in North Yorkshire than during the entirety of 2017.

Roads Policing Inspector Dave Barf, of the Collision Investigation Team, said:

“Sadly despite the general downward trend so far this year has seen a rise in the number of motorcyclists killed on the roads of North Yorkshire,” he said.

“I’m saddened by each and every death we experience on our roads. Each one unexpected and each one devastating for those involved and those left behind.

"It’s a fact that some of these collisions could have been prevented – it’s about skilling yourself to survive, such as coming along to a Bikesafe course. These can be booked via the national website.

“This isn’t marketed as a solution to all ills but it’s hoped that during the day each of those present learns something which may help them keep out of danger or trouble in the future.

“If you saw what we see when we attend fatal and serious injury crashes, you’d understand why we want you to do everything possible to avoid them.”

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