October 22nd, 2015
Lancashire County Council has decided to recruit two road safety experts following increases year on year of the number of people killed and seriously injured (KSI) on the County highways.
The new recruits specialise in road safety analysis and casualty reduction/road safety coordination and in a twist of irony will be funded by speeding motorist fines. Their roles will be to review the data, create strategies to improve road safety and take an active role in trying to reduce the Killed or Seriously Injured figures and halt the worrying upward trend.
The Council has taken this action following statistics revealing how KSI’s have increased year on year from 573 in 2012 to 646 in 2013 and then to 730 in 2014. Last years figured in 2014 represent a seven year high plus the fact the number of cyclists killed (7.5%) was above the national average of 6% in 2014. The figures also reveal that car occupants represent nearly half of county’s road fatalities in 2014 (47.5%), pedestrians for 25% and motor cyclists 15%.
One of the plans the Council hopes to implement is to target young drivers with a new “Safe Drive Stay Alive” presentation delivered by emergency service staff and families directly affected by traffic accidents.
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