Northampton

Northamptonshire road deaths at all-time low

The number of people killed on Northamptonshire roads in 2011 was the lowest since records began in 1960.

Last year 19 people died on the the county's roads - compared with 24 people in 2010 and 34 in 2009. In 1989 a total of 108 people were killed.

The death toll has reduced despite all of the the county's fixed speed cameras being switched off.

The police and county council welcomed the news but urged drivers to think about their driving behaviour.

Deputy Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police Suzette Davenport said: "One death on our roads is one too many and we must not forget that behind each statistic is a grieving family or someone coming to terms with a life-changing injury.

"We would urge all drivers and road users to think about their driving behaviour and help us to make Northamptonshire's roads safer for everyone."

The number of road deaths has gradually reduced since the high figure of 1989.

Andre Gonzalez De Savage, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection, said: "It is very good news that the number of deaths has fallen and this reflects the hard work of all the agencies involved in keeping our county roads safe.

"However, we should also remember that there are 19 families who have spent the festive period without their loved ones and we will continue to do all we can to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads."

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