Road deaths lowest in five years

PUBLISHED: 12:12 28 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:23 28 November 2018

Police were called out to close the road paritally.

Police were called out to close the road paritally.

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Road deaths in Somerset are at their lowest level for five years.

Deaths fell by 12 per cent last year to 22.

Statistics released by the Department of Transport also revealed there were 1,000 injury collisions in 2017, 
the lowest in the county’s history.

However, there was an almost four per cent rise in serious injury collisions with 164 reported compared to 158 in 2016.

The figures for 2018 are still being collated but numbers from January-June 2018 show there were 14 fatalities, 76 serious injuries and 499 injury casualty incidents.

Cllr Elfan Ap Rees said: “It’s good news as we have invested quite a lot of money on improving our roads and looking at road safety across the authority.

“We do try to take a pragmatic approach to road safety as we believe that the majority of drivers in North Somerset drive perfectly safely and to the conditions of the road and we try to encourage that.”

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