Roads death toll cut

THE number of people killed or seriously hurt on Calderdale roads has dropped by a third.

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.

The figures are the lowest ever recorded on the district’s roads.

Councillor Barry Collins, portfolio holder for economy and environment, said the numbers were a reflection of increased efforts to tackle road safety.

He said: “The council will does everything possible to sustain its local road safety funding despite the Government’s evident determination that we should cut it.”

Sergeant Chris Boyd, head of Calderdale Roads Policing Team, said: “We are pleased to see this significant reduction in the number of serious casualties 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 collisions.

“We hope that by working closely with partner agencies we can continue to raise the profile of road safety and together 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, added: “We work very closely with road safety departments and other agencies to drive down the number of people 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 safer.”

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