Road safety should be a top priority for the council

Road safety should be higher on Calderdale Council’s priority list, according to a road safety watchdog.

Members of Brighouse Road Safety Committee believe that more should be being done to tackle road safety concerns in the borough.

Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) said one idea that had been suggested was to have three groups targeting road safety. “There would be one for Halifax, one for the Lower Valley and one for the Upper Valley made up of highway officers, volunteer groups and teachers and they would look after the interest of that area. Local people at the end of the day know local issues.”

Chair of the group Ann Rutherford said the problem with road safety was that you could never tell just how much money it was saving the council by preventing accidents.

Members heard that the average accident costs in the region of £1 million.

“If we saved one accident we have save a lot of money and the knock on effects of that,” said Mrs Rutherford.

Vice chair Pat Oates said that a lot of the responsibility for road safety had been handed over to the fire service that now attended more accidents than fires.

“They put on a hard-hitting roadshow at the Victoria Theatre and when we attended you could hear a pin drop. There was talks by a police officer, a firemen and a bereaved parent who had all been affected by a road accident. I said when we came out I never want to see that again.”