Leicestershire and Rutland road casualty rates fall

The number of fatal and serious accidents on Leicestershire and Rutland roads has fallen by 40% over the past 10 years, new figures have revealed.

Leicestershire Police said 351 people were killed or injured in 2010 compared with 577 a decade earlier.

The force said the latest figures also showed a reduction of more than 50% in the number of children killed or seriously injured in the same period.

Rutland County Council said speed cameras had helped improve road safety.

Mobile cameras

Slight injury road casualties fell by more than 25% from 4,357 to 3,161.

Aman Mehra, of Rutland County Council, said: "The Road Safety Partnership continues to work tirelessly to reduce Rutland's road casualties.

"Deployment of the safety camera vans at sites in Rutland suffering from speed and collisions continues to have a positive road safety impact."

Simon Cole, Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police, said: "Reducing road casualties is a key aim of the force.

"The Road Safety Partnership continues to introduce excellent initiatives that have impacted greatly on the casualty rate.

"This work will continue in 2011 and beyond with a view to cutting road casualties even further."

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