Cumbria

Allerdale road crashes halved police say

Crashes on west Cumbria's roads during a two-month period fell by half, new police figures have revealed.

In Allerdale between March and May there were 48 collisions compared to the same period last year when there were 97 - a drop of almost 50%.

Police said Allerdale was a crash hotspot with many of the drivers being under the age of 25.

The force said it had reduced crashes by putting on extra patrols in the area and prosecuted 400 drivers last year.

These have been for a range of offences including drinking and driving, driving while on the phone and failing to wear a seatbelt, police said.

A spokesman for Cumbria Police said: "Visible patrols acted as a deterrent to speeding and dangerous driving, and anyone caught was apprehended and educated about the consequences of their actions, in the hope of improving their driving behaviour."

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