Road deaths continue to fall in the county
Figures released from the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership show the number of people killed on Gloucestershire’s roads is still decreasing year on year.
Compared to ten years ago, last year saw a welcome reduction in fatal casualties and this is against a backdrop of an increase in road traffic.
Far from being complacent, the road safety partnership realise that each one is one too many, and are determined to continue their work to reduce these numbers even more.
Between January and December, there were 29 fatal collisions. This figure is amongst the lowest since 1974. There were also 195 serious injury collisions, and in addition the total casualties, which include slight injuries, are the second lowest ever.
Maria Boon, Head of the Road Safety Partnership, said “To continue with our success we need to work with all road users, of all ages, right across the county.
“Working together with our colleagues from Gloucestershire Police, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, the county council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, the partnership remains determined to drive these casualty figures down even further.
“Road collisions happen when road rules are bent or broken and the most effective way to reduce collisions is through road safety education, training and engagement.”
The Road Safety Partnership has been collecting and analysing road collision data received from the police since 1974, and it is this data that guides the work of the partnership and also enables the effectiveness of their work to be monitored and measured.
Fatal casualties in the county have reduced from 33 deaths in 2012 to 32 in 2013 and 29 in 2014.
Cllr Will Windsor Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council said, “Despite an increase in road traffic we’re still seeing the number of people killed on Gloucestershire’s roads decreasing year on year. Even so, I’m well aware of the pain and suffering which comes with each tragic incident, each one is one too so the Road Safety Partnership will continue to target its education and prevention messages at everyone who travels through the county for work or pleasure.”
Each month in Gloucestershire an average of 19 people are killed or seriously injured on the roads, with a further 79 people receiving slight injuries.
Further casualty data is available at http://roadsafety-gloucestershire.org.uk/data/casualty-statistics/ or via a map showing collision data at http://roadsafety-gloucestershire.org.uk/data/incident-map/