Staffordshire roads death toll falls by six
THE number of motorists killed on Staffordshire's roads has fallen.
Nineteen people died as a result of accidents in the first nine months of last year – six fewer than the same period in 2011.
But six more motorists suffered serious injuries in 2012, the county council said.
The total of 126 people killed or seriously injured reveals a steady downward trend over the last five years, falling from 183 in 2008.
But councillors are pledging to reduce further the number of casualties.
The figures, which relate to the first nine months of each year, cover major roads such as the M6, but not those in Stoke-on-Trent.
Accidents during 2012 on the M6 include:
February – A driver was taken to hospital with injuries after their camper van overturned on the M6 near to Keele services;
March – A woman was airlifted to hospital after suffering serious head and facial injuries in a two-car crash on the M6 between junctions 15 and 16;
July 2012 – A female motorist was taken to hospital with head and arm injuries after a multi-vehicle crash on the M6.
County council cabinet member for highways Mike Maryon said: "The latest figures are very encouraging and prove that the many measures we have introduced to improve road safety are effective.
"We are determined to make Staffordshire's roads even safer."
The figures from the Department for Transport (DfT) show that overall there has been a steady fall in fatalities and serious injuries with 166 in 2009, 147 in 2010 and 126 in both 2011 and 2012.
Chief Inspector Steve Smytheman, head of roads policing for Staffordshire Police, said: "The safety of our roads is a key priority.
"Every person killed or seriously injured is a tragedy.
The latest figures for the number of deaths and serious injuries on county roads are the lowest ever recorded. We proactively target motorists who drive irresponsibly by not wearing a seatbelt or using their mobile phones."
Staffordshire has the fifth safest roads in England and Wales.
Ian Sloss, group manager from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "These figures demonstrate the value of partnership working and our commitment to work together for the benefit of our communities.
"Making the roads of Staffordshire even safer is one of our key priorities and we will continue to work together towards this aim."