Road casualties at historic low
Casualties from road accidents have dropped by more than a fifth in South Gloucestershire according to latest figures.
Police accident reports showed the total figure for 2017 to be 447, compared to 571 in 2016.
They are the lowest numbers since South Gloucestershire became a unitary authority in 1996.
The total number of deaths on the district’s roads was 8, with 34 serious casualties, and 405 minor injuries.
Cllr Colin Hunt, Cabinet member responsible for transport, welcomed the news: “It’s great to see that casualty rates have reduced, making South Gloucestershire’s roads some of the safest in the country.
“The council takes road safety extremely seriously and we work closely with our partners in the police, with schools and with other agencies to identify where and why road accidents happen and what can be done to prevent them.
“However, we cannot afford to become complacent. Eight fatalities is eight fatalities too many, and the council will continue to make every effort to deliver road safety training to raise awareness about this issue.”
Police reports are monitored to find out where casualties are taking place on the roads in South Gloucestershire. The data is then used to fund action in locations where accidents most often occur, and when the most vulnerable are involved, such as children, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
In the past changes that have been made have included the removal of a lane at the A432 Cotswold Road in Chipping Sodbury which saw eight accidents come down to three.
There is also a Road Safety Education team which trains thousands of people through various schemes including Bikeability cycle training, and recently a driving refresher course was held for the over 60’s in Thornbury.