IAM reveals ‘best and worst’ police force areas for road safety performance
Derbyshire is the worst performing police area, while Suffolk is the best, according to road casualty data published yesterday (21 Sept) by the IAM.
The IAM stats show the number of KSIs (killed and seriously injured casualties) for each individual police force area for 2014, and the year-on-year percentage change.
Derbyshire has seen the highest rise in KSIs, up 38%, while with a 17% reduction Suffolk saw the largest improvement.
Only 14 areas out of 43 achieved any reduction on 2013, a figure the IAM calls ‘disappointing’. While one area was unchanged (Cambridgeshire), the remaining 28 all saw an increase.
The IAM’s ‘top five worst performing areas’ are:
1. Derbyshire - from 378 to 522 (up 38%)
2. Leicestershire - from 293 to 374 (up 28%)
3. Surrey - from 599 to 735 (up 23%)
4. Wiltshire - from 260 to 314 (up 21%)
5. Cheshire - from 461 to 548 (up 19%)
The ‘top five best performing areas’ are:
1. Suffolk - from 242 to 219 (down 17%)
2. Durham - from 242 to 208 (down 14%)
3. Gwent - from 174 to 149 (down 14%)
4. City of London - from 60 to 55 (down 8%)
5. Metropolitan - from 2,267 to 2,115 (down 7%)
The full table of KSI casualties by police force area is available on the IAM website.
Sarah Sillars, IAM chief executive officer, said: “A one year comparison cannot be taken as an overall trend of what might be happening in any particular area.
“However, 2014 was not a good year and should serve as a wake-up call to every road safety partnership that they are under scrutiny.
“Road safety must remain a priority as public sector spending cuts continue. With official figures putting the cost to society of every fatality at over £1.7m, investment in road safety is money well spent.”
The IAM is calling for a range of measures including: the reintroduction of road safety targets; a ‘greater focus on driver and rider quality’; measures to improve pedestrian safety including better segregation of traffic and vulnerable road users where speeds are high; and campaigns to educate pedestrians ‘as they are most often at fault in crashes’.
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