Death map shows shocking toll of fatal road accidents in Calderdale

THIS death-toll map reveals 103 fatal accidents on Calderdale roads between 1999 and 2010.

It was compiled from police records and forms part of the BBC’s national crash map, which shows where 36,371 people were killed on Britain’s roads.

Calderdale fares better than neighbouring areas, but they cover a larger area. Kirklees had 170 fatalities, Wakefield 213, and Leeds 408.

David Short, of Calderdale Council’s road-safety team, said a combination of factors was involved but locally there was a pro-active approach to reducing road casualties.

Local campaigns included “Seatbelt On,” which won a prestigious national award in 2009.

It was spearheaded by the Courier’s “Belt Up” campaign and judged “Partner of the Year” at the NHS Leadership Awards. Mr Short said that campaign and others, including a teenage highway code, had been successful.

“In 2010 we had the lowest casualty figures on record in Calderdale with reductions in all groups,” he said.

“We have been very pro-active and continue to be so.”

A particular problem area for road casualties was the HX1 area and Mr Short said that was a focus of the ongoing work.

As Christmas approaches, road-safety charity Brake is urging motorists to make a personal pledge never to take risks at the wheel.

It said many accidents involved speeding, drink or drug driving or driver distraction, and if motorists committed themselves to driving safely at all times more accidents could be prevented.

The interactive map, available on the BBC website, gives information about crashes nationwide by local authority areas.

In 2010, police recorded 1,850 deaths, 22,660 serious injuries and 184,138 slight injuries.