Cut in road accident injuries
THE number of people killed or seriously injured on North Somerset roads has fallen, according to the latest road traffic accident statistics.
Figures from the Department of Transport (DfT) reveal the number of people killed or seriously injured is down from 57 in 2010 to 46 in 2011.
These latest figures show a 19 per cent reduction, against a national increase of two per cent during the same period.
North Somerset Council, which is responsible for the 1,100km of roads across the district, welcomed the new figures but stressed it is not complacent and more needs to be done.
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Deputy leader and executive member for highways, Councillor Elfan Ap Rees said: "Any death or serious injury on our roads is one too many, but we are working hard to bring these figures down and to make our roads as safe as possible.
"Highways schemes are therefore designed with safety in mind, with some schemes specifically looking at safety aspects such as realistic speed limits with vehicle activation signs replacing speed cameras to help change driver behaviour.
"Safety improvements have to be aimed at pedestrians and cyclists as well as vehicle users and include installing pedestrian crossings, tactile surfacing at crossing points, pavement and footway improvements, drainage improvements to prevent road surface water, improvements at junctions, road markings and road layout. We are also keen to educate school children from an early age to respect and use cycle ways where available and dedicated road crossings."
Examples of successful schemes include the traffic calming works in Barrow Gurney, where there were 19 injury accidents in the three years before the scheme and two in the three years since.