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"Significant concern" as road deaths increase

The number of people killed on Somerset's roads increased by 18 percent last year, compared with 2017.

The latest figures from the police and county council show 26 people died on the county's roads in 2018 -  the highest annual figure since 2014.

The Road Casualty Review is published each year to highlight trends and help shape strategies to improve road safety.

Last year more than 10,000 Somerset school pupils were taught about road safety.

There were 971 injury collisions on Somerset’s roads in 2018  -  the lowest number ever reported in the county.

Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: "It is good news that we have seen fewer collisions in 2018, but the fact that more people died is a significant concern.

"We all have a responsibility to make sure we’re taking road safety seriously by making the right decisions every time we travel.

"As a council we will continue to prioritise road safety and work closely with our partners and communities to promote safe travel and deliver our road safety strategy.

"We are also keen to involve local businesses through our sponsorship programme. If you’d like to see how you can support our work to improve road safety then please do get in touch.

"Somerset County Council aims to prevent collisions in a number of ways  - from engineering work, targeted training of road users, or requesting support from the police. 

"The council works closely with a number of other partners to promote safe road use.

"In 2018 Somerset Road Safety provided training or advice to over 28,000 members of the public. This included meeting 5,130 people at public events, training 1,710 motorcyclists, reaching 910 senior drivers through Route 60+ workshops, and teaching over 10,000 school children at various education programmes.

"The 2018 Road Casualty Review analyses collision and casualty statistics, comparing them to the previous five-year period and focusing on defined target groups - such as road user types and different age groups."

To read the full report click here

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