Nottinghamshire on course to meet casualty reduction target

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE is on course to meet a 40 per cent reduction in the number of serious casualties on the county’s roads by 2020.

A report to the Council’s transport and highways committee has outlined the progress made over the past 12 months towards meeting the target.

The target of a 40 per cent reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured on Notts roads has been set using the 2005-2009 average as a baseline.

The baseline figure is 517 and the report shows the 2011 figure of 453 casualties as being on track. The 2011 figure for children killed or seriously injured is 41, compared to a baseline figure of 54.

The Council has achieved these targets with physical road improvements or lower speed limits where necessary and education such as the ‘Fatal 4’ campaign (which tackled mobile phone use, drink driving, speeding and failure to use a seat-belt), a Christmas drink-drive campaign and the recent speed campaign on targeted roads in the county.

In addition, many other highway improvements such as new pedestrian crossings, interactive speed signs and maintaining the county’s roads to a reasonable condition through resurfacing and surface dressing also contributed toward improving highway safety.

“Although any casualties are to be regretted, this is excellent news,” said Coun Richard Jackson, chairman of the County Council’s transport and highways committee.

“We all know that there is more to be done and we are committed to carrying on this vital work to bring casualty levels down even further.”