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Fall in number of road deaths in York and North Yorkshire
THE NUMBER of fatalities in car crashes across York and North Yorkshire has fallen.
Figures from North Yorkshire County Council show the number of fatal casualties where cars have collided in York were as low as only four last year compared to 11 in 2005, and the lowest figure since 2000. The North Yorkshire figure fell from 74 in 2005 to 31 last year.
Trish Hirst, road safety officer at City of York Council, said: “It’s good news that the fatal figures for York and North Yorkshire have decreased since 2000. We are aware that possible factors which could contribute to the large decrease are the continued improvement in car safety and the economic downtown and falling traffic numbers.”
The most common factor in fatal collisions across York and North Yorkshire was the driver failing to look properly followed by loss of control.
Out of the 130 fatal collisions across the region, 21 occurred where excessive speed was a factor in the crash.
However, the number of speed related fatal casualties has fallen by four per cent.
The number of slight and serious casualties from car crashes in York is also the lowest they have been for 12 years.
The number of people being injured slightly or seriously is also at a record low for North Yorkshire. Serious injuries are down from 765 in 2000 to 442 last year.
The number of people suffering from slight injuries in crashes, such as scratches or seat belt marks has fallen from 2989 in 2000 to 1893 last year.
A spokeswoman for North Yorkshire Police said: “Safer roads and casualty reduction is a top priority for North Yorkshire Police and our partners and it’s encouraging to see the decline in collisions.
“However, we cannot be complacent, as one person killed or seriously injured is one too many.”
North Yorkshire County Council is implementing various road safety initiatives, working with local authorities and emergency services to reduce the number of people killed and injured on the roads of York and North Yorkshire.
95 Alive, one of the joint campaigns, saved 126 lives through campaigning to drivers to consider how they drive.