More people killed and seriously injured on Derbyshire's roads

More people have died or been injured on Derbyshire's roads.
More people have died or been injured on Derbyshire's roads.

Council leaders admit they are 'disappointed' after it was revealed more people are dying on Derbyshire's roads.

The figures are revealed in the 2018 Annual Casualty Report and show 42 people were killed on Derbyshire’s roads in 2018 compared to 32 the previous year.

And although the numbers of people injured in crashes on the county’s roads reduced from the previous year (1,571 in 2017 and 1,537 in 2018) the number of those seriously injured in those crashes increased from 266 in 2017 to 288 in 2018.

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Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure, said: “Road safety remains a top priority for us so it’s disappointing that while overall we are experiencing a decrease in casualties – 2017 was a record low year – we have now experienced a rise in the numbers of people killed and seriously injured.

“It’s difficult to identify a pattern as to why we’ve had more deaths and serious injuries in 2018, despite the overall numbers of crashes reducing. Last summer was particularly nice for a sustained time and our county is very popular with visitors, particularly motorcyclists, who like the appeal of our challenging roads.”

“As the highways authority for Derbyshire we take road safety extremely seriously. We sympathise with anyone who has been injured or sadly lost anyone in a road crash and we are committed to continuing our educational and practical road safety initiatives to make our roads as safe as possible for all kinds of road user.”

Councillor Spencer added: “We are also using £6.8m of Government cash to invest in three major road safety improvement schemes on the A619 Thirteen Bends, between Baslow and Bakewell, the A5012 Via Gellia, from Cromford to Bakewell and the A5004 Long Hill, from Buxton to Whaley Bridge.”

These schemes will include realigning the camber of the road, installing crash barriers, improved signage and road markings and verge clearance to improve visibility.

Established road safety initiatives in Derbyshire include workshops and training sessions aimed at various road users.

‘Think Bike’ is a roadside poster campaign on more hazardous routes which urges motorists to be aware of bikers.

Smart Rider provides pedal cycle training to primary and junior school pupils with an equivalent County Rider scheme for adults.