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South Gloucestershire roads safer than ever

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Published: 23/05/2014

2013 was another encouraging year for road safety in South Gloucestershire as casualty numbers continued to decline. The total casualty figure for the district in 2013 was 645, which is a 1.2 per cent reduction on the 2012 figure of 653. Of these 645 a total of 50 were recorded as serious and nine were fatal.

Chair of the council’s Planning, Transportation & Strategic Environment (PTSE) Committee Cllr Brian Allinson welcomed the figures. He said: “We have always had some of the safest roads in the country and today’s figures continue this trend. Our total casualty figures are the lowest since South Gloucestershire Council was formed back in 1996. This is very good news and should be celebrated.

“However, this doesn’t mean that we can afford to become complacent. Any casualty on our roads is one too many, and we are grateful to all road users for their continued efforts to take care when driving, cycling and crossing our roads. We will continue to make every effort to ensure that South Gloucestershire continues to be one of the country’s safest areas to live and work.”

These figures reflect national data which show that in 2012 – the most recent year for which national figures are available – South Gloucestershire had the second lowest average casualty rates per billion vehicle miles travelled among the English local authorities, and was the top authority of the four local authorities in the West of England Partnership.

Within the district the average rate for 2012 was 284, compared with a national average for England of 666. The highest casualty rate per billion vehicle miles travelled was recorded in the City of London, with an average of 3,947.

The council works closely with the police and other agencies to monitor where people are injured on South Gloucestershire’s road network and who is involved. This information is used to target spending on areas with the highest accident rates and the most vulnerable road users such as children, pedestrians and cyclists. We additionally carry out Road Safety Audits on new highway schemes to try to make sure that potential road safety problems are avoided.

The council also has an active road safety education team that delivers education, training and publicity programmes to vulnerable road user groups, including adult and child cycle training, motorcycle safety, child pedestrian training and child and young driver in-car safety. Road safety workshops are also provided to all primary and secondary schools.

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