NEARLY 50 accidents have been reported in Brighouse and Rastrick between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012.
Forty three of these were slight in severity and five were serious. There has not been any fatalities. Of the 48 accidents, seven were pedestrian and ten were cyclist injuries.
As part of Road Safety week, Calderdale Council will be sending out flyers to schools, nurseries and playgroups and promoting a ‘Holding Hands’ campaign at several children’s centres throughout the week. Holding Hands is aimed at pre-school groups including adult carers and parents, emphasising the importance of keeping control of children on our streets.
The Road Safety and Transportation team is working in partnership with the fire service at this year’s Emergency Service Day held at the Piece Hall on Saturday. Bikeability instructors will be promoting cycling on the day and a mountain bike skills course will be available free of charge to test the cycle skills of the general public.
The Department for Transport statistics from June 2011 calculated the cost to the economy of one fatality is £1,877,583; a serious accident is £216,203 and for a slight accident it is £23,136.