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14 June 2019, 10:00
The number of killed and seriously injured (KSI) casualties on Northamptonshire roads in 2018 was the second lowest since records began in 1960.
Overall the Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) figures increased by nine from 279 casualties in 2017 to 288 last year; the number of people killed on Northamptonshire's roads fell by almost 30 per cent from 44 to 31 in the same period.
While reported injury collisions have fallen from 1068 in 2017 to 1041 last year, casualties who sustained slight injuries increased from 1095 to 1172, and seriously injured figures rose by 22 to 257.
Chair of Northamptonshire Safer Roads Alliance, Chief Superintendent Mick Stamper, said:
"To see the number of people killed on our roads fall last year is very encouraging, and reflects the hard work of all the partners involved in keeping our county roads safe.
However every person who dies on our roads is one too many and we must not forget that behind each statistic is a grieving family or someone coming to terms with a life changing injury.
We understand this and are working hard to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in Northamptonshire, by focusing on the fatal four – speeding, drink-driving, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone at the wheel.
Through education and enforcement, the Safer Roads Alliance will continue to run campaigns and operations to reinforce this message. However we cannot do this on our own as it is only road users who can change their driving behaviour.”
Young drivers (16-25) and working drivers are more likely to be involved in a collision than other road users.