Road casualties down 12 per cent
A target for reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on Norfolk’s roads is likely to be missed, despite a sharp fall in casualties, a new report has revealed.
The admission is contained in a report which will to be delivered to the county’s Road Casualty Reduction Partnership board, which is due to meet in Norwich tomorrow.
The document reveals that a total of 407 people were killed or seriously injured (KSI) on the county’s roads during the 12 months to the end of March.
That figure represents a 12 per cent fall from the average annual number of KSI casualties, 462, recorded in the period between 2005 and 2009.
But Tracy Jessop, Norfolk County Council’s assistant director of traffic and transport services, said that showed progress towards their target of reducing the figure by a third by 2020 has slowed.
She added: “Based on the current numbers, the aspiration for all KSI to maintain the same number as 2014 (375) is currently not likely to be achieved.”
She said the slow-down reflected wider patterns showing a similar lack of progress in reducing road casualties across the country.
The report also highlights the main area of concern relates to reducing the numbers of pedestrians and cyclists involved in serious collisions, which are currently 27 per cent above the historic average, or baseline figure.
Meanwhile, the number of KSI incidents involving drivers aged 70 or over is also seven per cent above the historic average.
But the number of cases involving young drivers, aged between 17 and 25, is around 35 per cent below the baseline figure.
Earlier this year, £500,000 of funding was allocated to new local road safety schemes across the county.
And the board previously gave its backing to a proposal which, if implemented, could see a 40 miles per hour speed limit imposed on most rural roads in an area of north-western Norfolk which is bordered by the A148 and A149.
Talks with the government are expected to begin soon, following this month’s elections and the plan may come into force next year.
But officials say a solution for how the lower limits would be enforced would be needed first.