INITIAL figures which have just been released show that the overall downward trend in the number of people killed on Cambridgeshire’s roads continued during 2011.
Over the past 12 months, 23 fatal accidents occurred which resulted in 26 deaths – the second lowest total ever recorded and eight fewer fatalities than in 2010. The worst year for road deaths in Cambridgeshire was 1990 when 85 people lost their lives in accidents.
Agencies across Cambridgeshire have been working together to provide enforcement, education and physical road safety measures. All members of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership join forces and share expertise to help cut the number of casualities and deaths on the county’s roads.
County Council Cabinet Member for Community Infrastructure, Councillor Steve Criswell, said: “Improving road safety and reducing the number of people killed or injured on our roads is a top priority for the council and the reduction in the number of people who died on our roads is very encouraging and shows a very welcome continuing overall downward trend in the number of road fatalities. But we will not rest on our laurels and will continue to work with our partners to ensure we do everything we can to further improve road safety.”