Stats down for road deaths and injuries

Scene on the A171 where an rta occurred near the Falcon Inn.Picture Richard Ponter
Scene on the A171 where an rta occurred near the Falcon Inn.Picture Richard Ponter

The numbers of people killed or seriously injured on the borough’s roads fell last year in statistics that have been revealed this week.

Figures from the Department for Transport show that in 2014, 40 people died on North Yorkshire’s roads compared to 50 in 2013.

There were also fewer motorcyclists killed as a result of incident’s on the region’s roads.

In 2013 there were 15 motorcycle related deaths but that number was 11 for 2014.

Cases of people suffering serious injuries on the road fell from 425 for 2013 to 391 for 2014.

Road casualties are higher in North Yorkshire than other parts of the county.

There are over 9000km of roads within the county and two areas of National Parks which attract motorcyclists, tourists and cyclists and this in part is being attributed to the high numbers of incidents.

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick, of North Yorkshire Police, welcomed the findings but said the numbers were still too high and told the Scarborough News about plans to further improve road safety.

He said: “ Road safety is a top priority for North Yorkshire Police and we have worked tirelessly for a number of years to try and reduce the number of casualties and fatalities across the county.

“It is encouraging figures show there were fewer fatalities on our roads . However, the figures are still too high.”

Bike Safe courses and other educational engagement activities will be held with motorcyclists to try and educate them about responsible riding.

And with partners such as the 95Alive Road Safety Partnership there will be sessions aimed at young, inexperienced drivers and more speed camera vans on the roads.

He added: “Clearly some collisions are down to driver or rider error and all road users have a responsibility for their own actions and a duty to stick to road laws and speed limits. Despite the educational activities we are undertaking, enforcement is still a key part of our approach to road safety and anyone putting lives in danger by driving irresponsibly will be appropriately dealt with.”