Fewer fatals on Cambridgeshire’s road during 2011

THE number of people killed on the county’s roads fell during 2011.

During the year 33 people were killed in 30 collisions across Cambridgeshire – compared with 42 deaths in 2010.

Casualty Reduction Officer, PC Steve Gedny said: “Every fatal collision is one too many, but it is pleasing that we have seen a reduction in those killed on our roads.

“It’s important that we review every serious and fatal collision to understand the causes and how we can reduce them.

“Too many serious collisions are caused by human error. By reducing your speed or adapting your driving to the conditions of the roads you can significantly reduce the chance of being involved in a collision.”

PC Gedny has taken over as casualty reduction officer from PC Tony Barrios. He joined Cambridgeshire Constabulary in 1989 and spent 18 years as a traffic officer.

Over the next 12 months, officers will be holding a number of targeted campaigns to reduce casualties including, drink drive campaigns, seatbelt enforcement weeks and operations to target motorists breaking the law.

The majority of the force’s road safety work and enforcement is done in conjunction with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership.

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.”

Of the fatal collisions, seven occurred in Peterborough, resulting in seven deaths.

Clair George, Road Safety Officer for the SaferPeterborough partnership, said: “Seven people were killed on Peterborough roads in 2011 compared with six people who lost their lives in 2010.

“The information we have to date shows a reduction in the number of people seriously injured on our roads in 2011 and a reduction in the number of children killed or seriously injured.

“We continue to work with partners to deliver various road safety initiatives throughout the year to help reduce the number of people hurt on our roads.”