Nottinghamshire County Council say they are on course to reducing serious casulties on region’s roads

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COUNCIL chiefs say they remain on course to reduce the number of serious casualties on Nottinghamshire’s roads by 40 per cent within the next eight years.

A report to Nottinghamshire County Council’s transport and highways committee has outlined the progress made over the last year towards meeting the target.

The 40 per cent reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured by 2020 was 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.

Last year’s figure for children killed or seriously injured is 41, compared to a baseline figure of 54.

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

“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.”

The council says it has achieved its targets with physical road improvements or lower speed limits, a Christmas drink-drive campaign and the recent speed campaign on targeted roads in the county.

Highway improvements such as new pedestrian crossings and interactive speed signs have also been introduced in the county.