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Road casualties remembered

Road casualties remembered

Published at 5:25pm 18th November 2015. (Updated at 5:40pm 18th November 2015)

Family and friends of people killed in collisions on North Yorkshire's roads have gathered for a special ceremony to remember their loved ones.

The Oak Leaf Service at Ripon Cathedral is also an opportunity to recognise the work of emergency services and other organisations which offer support to people who are bereaved or injured.

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "It allows the agencies involved with road safety to remember not only those who have died or suffered a serious injury, but also the loved ones who have lost someone and those who are caring for the victims.

"We are well aware of the pain and hurt that road traffic collisions cause and so we will continue to work with 95 Alive, the road safety partnership for North Yorkshire, to make the roads across the county as safe as possible and reduce the numbers of casualties."

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service was represented by Chief Fire Officer Nigel Hutchinson.

He said: "The Fire and Rescue Service sees first-hand the devastation caused by road traffic collisions. Every collision causes, at the very least, damage to property and upset to those concerned. All too often, however, the consequences are far more severe with either serious injury or, worse still, loss of life.

"The frequency with which fire crews are confronted with this scenario only serves to increase our resolve to make a difference through the road safety work that we undertake jointly with other emergency services and partners. To take this opportunity to join family and friends of those who have lost their life on the county's roads over the past year in the Oak Leaf Service will hopefully afford some comfort to all concerned."