Car accident fatalities at a ‘worrying’ level
PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 July 2016
The number of people killed or seriously injured in car accidents in North Somerset is ‘worrying’ according to a Weston charity, after new figures revealed ‘little change’.
Over the past year, four people have been killed in road accidents in the district, while 45 suffered serious injuries. This compares to one fatality and 50 people being seriously injured in 2014.
Overall, the number of injuries has fallen, which has been described as ‘good news’. However, more serious cases have stagnated.
Neil Bayliss, from Weston Institute of Advanced Motorists, said: “Analysing the statistics over the past five years shows there is a consistent year-on-year reduction in road casualties in North Somerset which is good news.
“However, there is very little change in the killed and seriously injured figures which is worrying.
“Something needs to be done to reduce these figures and the quicker the better. The key factor in more serious road incidents is invariably speeding.”
National road safety charity Brake believes the key to eradicating accidents is to lower speed limits.
A spokesman said: “While we welcome the reduction in road deaths and serious injuries in 2015, the Government figures reveal the danger of complacency.
“Although slight reductions have been achieved, we must remember that no road death is acceptable and we should not compromise when it comes to people’s lives.
“This is why Brake is repeating its call for the default urban speed limit to be reduced from 30mph to 20mph.”
North Somerset Council’s executive member for highways, Elfan Ap Rees, said: “It is pleasing to see a continuing reduction in casualties in North Somerset, especially bearing in mind we have a very busy stretch of the M5 running through our area.
“We will continue to use warning signs and road improvements where possible to further reduce accidents.”
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