Fall in Notts road deaths is best in the country

Casualty reduction schemes in Mansfield and Ashfield helped Nottinghamshire become Britain’s best performing area for reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on its roads last year.

Figures from road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists reveal there were 98 fewer people killed or seriously injured on Nottinghamshire roads in 2013, compared to the previous year.

The figure exceeds the 81 figure of second place Tower Hamlets and the 78 figure of third place Chester/Chester West.

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Nottinghamshire County Council’s casualty reduction schemes such as interactive speed signs on Kirkby Road, Sutton, a separate signal for right turn on Hermitage Lane, Mansfield and a cycle safety scheme at Brand Lane Stanton Hill were among 50 in the county in 2013 in response to accident problems and local concerns at a cost of £2m.

Coun Steve Calvert, deputy chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Transport and Highways Committee, said: “Improved road safety is a priority for all our work on Nottinghamshire roads, whether it be a large road improvement scheme or a small maintenance project.

“We are on track to meet our 40 percent reduction target for all killed or seriously injured on local roads for 2020 thanks to our targeted road safety improvements and educational work with residents of all ages.

“With ever increasing pressures on our budget, new ways of funding services are constantly being investigated.

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“We are working more efficiently with other agencies such as the Police and the Highways Agency by pooling resources and making our limited funds go further.”

Schemes included signing and lining improvements, changes to junction layouts, anti-skid surfacing and interactive signs.

The Council also carried out educational activities for over 14,000 school children and promotional events for 3,150 residents, including eye checks and child car seat checks.