THE number of people killed or seriously hurt on Calderdale’s roads has dropped, according to new figures.
Three people lost their lives in crashes in 2010, compared to nine the year before, and 81 were seriously injured – a drop from 120 in 2009.
As well as a reduction in the number of people being killed and seriously injured – minor casualties fell by over a quarter to 612.
“These figures are the lowest casualty totals ever recorded on Calderdale’s roads and are a reflection of the increased efforts being made to tackle road safety issues in our communities. The council will do everything possible to sustain its local road safety funding despite the government’s evident determination that we should cut it,” said Coun Barry Collins, portfolio holder for economy and environment.
Sgt Chris Boyd, head of Calderdale Roads Policing, said: “We are pleased to see this significant reduction in the number of serious casualties on our roads in Calderdale last year and that the figures have dropped to their lowest recorded level.
“We are still aware, however, that every year many lives are wrecked by fatal or life-changing injury road traffic collisions.
“We hope that by working closely with our partner agencies we can continue to raise the profile of road safety and together with all our road users we can sustain this improvement and help prevent another life from being lost or ruined on our roads.”
Nigel Hotson, Calderdale district manager for West Yorkshire Fire Service said: “We work very closely with road safety departments and other agencies to drive down the number of people either killed or seriously injured on our roads.
“We continue to see extremely positive work come out of those partnerships as the figures show real differences are being made, however, further work still needs to be done to make our roads and the people on them safer.”
Strong partnerships have been formed with external agencies to reduce road accidents.