Lancashire

Lancashire roads 'the safest in 30 years'

Lancashire roads are the safest they have been for 30 years according to new figures, but a senior police officer has warned against complacency.

Statistics released by the Department for Transport show the number of people killed or seriously injured in the county in 2010 was down to 798.

The figure has been down every year for the past five years.

Although "a significant improvement", Supt Peter O'Dwyer said the force is dedicated to lowering it even more.

"One person killed or seriously injured on our roads is one too many... and we are working hard to reduce this figure even further," he said.

'Terrible effect'

The constabulary work closely with Lancashire County Council and numerous agencies to save lives and protect people on the county's roads.

Initiatives including education, with 26,000 children trained in pedestrian and cycling safety last year, and safety schemes have contributed towards the reduction in casualties, said the head of the county's highways and transport Tim Ashton.

The county councillor said: "Every death or serious injury on the roads is a tragedy and has a terrible effect on the lives of those affected [and] we are determined to do everything we can to maintain this downward trend."

In 2009, 852 died or suffered serious injuries on the county's roads. The figure was 929 in 2008, 1,000 in 2007 and 1,139 in 2006.

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