Road deaths increase in North Yorkshire

DEATHS on roads across North Yorkshire have risen to their highest level for five years, with 50 people killed in 2013.

The North Yorkshire county councillor responsible for highways and road safety, Gareth Dadd has given the stark message that drivers and other road users have to take responsibility for safety.

Last year saw 31 people killed on the county's roads, the lowest number since North Yorkshire County Council started keeping records more than 20 years ago.

The drop was largely been put down to the appalling weather in the summer of 2012 which kept motorists and particularly motorcyclists off the roads.

In Hambleton last year nine people died, the same as the year before. The numbers of people seriously injured increased to 442, a rise of seven per cent.

The death toll this year includes 16 motorcyclists.

During the summer North Yorkshire Police and 95 Alive, the road safety partnership were so concerned they launched a major campaign calling on bikers to heed warnings, slow down and for drivers to think about bikes on the road.

Coun Dadd said the numbers of deaths on the roads this year was very disappointing and the authority is still looking at the circumstances of the individual crashes.

Hesaid he did not believe the death rates had been affected by budget cuts. Spending on road safety was dramatically cut in 2011 when Government grants were axed.

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9:28am Tue 24 Dec 13

BL2 says...

So the "safety" (speed) cameras are orange well then...
Don't suppose any of it is due to that state of the roads either...
So the "safety" (speed) cameras are orange well then... Don't suppose any of it is due to that state of the roads either... BL2

11:48am Tue 24 Dec 13

Saywhat says...

There wouldn't be any deaths if motorists drove safely. And there is no such thing as a dangerous road, it's how people use the road. There is absolutely no need for accidents if people are careful. Stop speeding, stop overtaking on blind bends, hills etc. Every accident is avoidable unless it has been caused by mechanical failure or tyre blow out. Lapse of concentration, tiredness and speed are usually the reasons for most accidents.
There wouldn't be any deaths if motorists drove safely. And there is no such thing as a dangerous road, it's how people use the road. There is absolutely no need for accidents if people are careful. Stop speeding, stop overtaking on blind bends, hills etc. Every accident is avoidable unless it has been caused by mechanical failure or tyre blow out. Lapse of concentration, tiredness and speed are usually the reasons for most accidents. Saywhat

4:50pm Tue 24 Dec 13

smudge2 says...

Saywhat wrote:
There wouldn't be any deaths if motorists drove safely. And there is no such thing as a dangerous road, it's how people use the road. There is absolutely no need for accidents if people are careful. Stop speeding, stop overtaking on blind bends, hills etc. Every accident is avoidable unless it has been caused by mechanical failure or tyre blow out. Lapse of concentration, tiredness and speed are usually the reasons for most accidents.
You should lecture on road safety in society with obvious statements like that...Very text book..If ever thing in life was that perfect !!!
[quote][p][bold]Saywhat[/bold] wrote: There wouldn't be any deaths if motorists drove safely. And there is no such thing as a dangerous road, it's how people use the road. There is absolutely no need for accidents if people are careful. Stop speeding, stop overtaking on blind bends, hills etc. Every accident is avoidable unless it has been caused by mechanical failure or tyre blow out. Lapse of concentration, tiredness and speed are usually the reasons for most accidents.[/p][/quote]You should lecture on road safety in society with obvious statements like that...Very text book..If ever thing in life was that perfect !!! smudge2

1:13am Wed 25 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

I wonder how the accident rate will reflect the current raft of public transport cuts in North Yorkshire come next year, once all the people who no longer have a bus service have to drive everywhere and thus increasing traffic levels on the narrow winding and hilly roads of the county.....
I wonder how the accident rate will reflect the current raft of public transport cuts in North Yorkshire come next year, once all the people who no longer have a bus service have to drive everywhere and thus increasing traffic levels on the narrow winding and hilly roads of the county..... Magicman!

7:06pm Wed 25 Dec 13

MorkofYork says...

Saywhat wrote:
There wouldn't be any deaths if motorists drove safely. And there is no such thing as a dangerous road, it's how people use the road. There is absolutely no need for accidents if people are careful. Stop speeding, stop overtaking on blind bends, hills etc. Every accident is avoidable unless it has been caused by mechanical failure or tyre blow out. Lapse of concentration, tiredness and speed are usually the reasons for most accidents.
What about the girl who stepped out from behind a bus and was hit by someone going 20-30 mph under the speed limit ?
[quote][p][bold]Saywhat[/bold] wrote: There wouldn't be any deaths if motorists drove safely. And there is no such thing as a dangerous road, it's how people use the road. There is absolutely no need for accidents if people are careful. Stop speeding, stop overtaking on blind bends, hills etc. Every accident is avoidable unless it has been caused by mechanical failure or tyre blow out. Lapse of concentration, tiredness and speed are usually the reasons for most accidents.[/p][/quote]What about the girl who stepped out from behind a bus and was hit by someone going 20-30 mph under the speed limit ? MorkofYork

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