Somerset

Road deaths in Somerset fall to '20-year low'

The number of people killed on Somerset roads has fallen to a 20-year low, it has been revealed.

In 2010, 32 people were killed while 206 were injured, said Somerset County Council. In the 1990s the county's average was 376 deaths and injuries.

The Somerset Road Safety Partnership said even though the downward trend was encouraging, it would continue to work on reducing casualties.

Motorcyclists and young drivers were targeted with education programmes.

Terry Beale from the partnership said for these target groups, 90% of deaths were down to driver error so they hired a co-ordinator who spoke to motorcyclists to make them aware of road safety.

It also went to schools and colleges where it played young people DVDs showing the consequences of breaking the speed limit and driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.

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