Region's roads are safer

THE number of people killed and seriously injured on roads in North Devon has dropped dramatically thanks to road safety initiatives. Latest figures show that in 2008 four people were killed and 26 were seriously injured. This compares with 12 deaths an

THE number of people killed and seriously injured on roads in North Devon has dropped dramatically thanks to road safety initiatives. Latest figures show that in 2008 four people were killed and 26 were seriously injured. This compares with 12 deaths and 81 people seriously injured in 2007 - an overall decrease of 67 per cent.These dramatic reductions have been influenced by a whole range of initiatives. North Devon's dedicated road policing officers use advice and education as well as prosecution. They have been working closely with the Devon County Road Safety Department and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to deliver the road safety message through a series of Learn to Live presentations given to sixth form students throughout Devon.Police in North Devon have also been working with the county council to identify and fix problems with the roads, such as repairing damage to road surfaces and improving signing. In addition, a government-funded project called Country Mile is seeking to improve safety on the roads between Barnstaple, Tiverton and Crediton through high visibility patrols, road improvements and driver training. PC Nicholas Porter, Road Casualty Reduction Officer, said: "This news is a fantastic achievement and a credit to all those people who have worked so hard to reduce the number of casualties on our roads. But the work is by no means done. Every death on our roads is a death too many, with families having to cope with the loss of loved ones, and people can suffer injuries so serious that their lives will never be the same again. "These figures demonstrate why our campaigns and patrols are so important and why we target dangerous and inappropriate driving. "We will continue to work with our partners and the public to prevent accidents and reduce the number of deaths and injuries on our roads.

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