Road safety measures after deaths increase

PUBLISHED: 17:30 23 October 2015

The council has revealed the number of accidents on its roads (Picture: Jeremy Long)

The council has revealed the number of accidents on its roads (Picture: Jeremy Long)

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THE number of people killed on Somerset’s roads increased by five last year, new figures have shown.

Somerset County Council’s road safety team has published a casualty report comparing the number of people killed or seriously injured in 2013 and 2014.

In 2014, there were 33 fatalities, an increase of five from 2013, 185 people suffered serious injuries, and 1,405 had more mild injuries.

Councillor David Fothergill, whose portfolio includes road safety, said: “Despite some road safety progress there are always areas where we can work harder, and we aim to really focus our attention on preventing accidents in the first place.”

The road safety team is implementing new education and engineering measures to try to reduce these figures.

These include traffic calming measures and improving signs and white lines.

* North Somerset Council has also released its road death statistics.

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