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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

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Figures reveal drop in the number of road casualties

THE number of road casualties throughout Cumbria has dropped dramatically in the past five years.

By Lucy Grosvenor

New figures released by Cumbria Road Safety Partnership (CRSP) show that across Copeland in 2013 there were 260 road traffic casualties, one of which was fatal.

This is the second lowest figure throughout Cumbria, being beaten only by Barrow.

Since monitoring began in 2000, these are the lowest figures the county has seen.

Countywide, the number of casualties has dropped by 20 per cent in the last five years, down from 1,707 to 1,629.

The number of fatalities is also at its lowest level since 2010, down to 28.

Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for highways and transport, said: “It is heartening to see a major reduction in the number of casualties on our roads

“Nevertheless, every single casualty or fatality is one too many and will have profound impacts on families and loved ones.

“Ultimately, road users need to take responsibility for their own behaviour by driving at the correct speed, not taking risks, being fit to drive and staying attentive at all times.”

The highest number of road accidents was in the South Lakes, which has the largest road network. In the last year there were 387 casualties and 12 fatalities.

The CRSP, led by Cumbria County Council, is the collective name given to organisations and groups working together to reduce the number of road casualties. It enforces traffic legislation and educates motorists.


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