THE number of people killed or seriously injured along Halton's roads has been slashed considerably, according to new statistics.
During the year, road collisions have been reduced by almost a quarter, while the borough's re-cord for road deaths or injury has decreased by as much as 31%, keeping in line with the rest of the country.
The recent trend is being connected with the prolific use of mobile and static speed cameras, which have been warning off scores of drivers from flouting the law.
The current accident hot spots in Halton are listed as follows:
Halton Road, Runcorn; Clifton Road, Runcorn; Hough Green Road, Widnes; Astmoor Road, Runcorn; Warrington Road, Runcorn; Prescot Road, Hough Green; Birchfield Road, Widnes.
The new figures have been compiled by Cheshire Safety Camera Partnership The partnership brings beneath its umbrella other major agencies including Cheshire Constabulary, Cheshire County Council, Cheshire Magistrates' Courts, the Crown Prosecution Service, Halton Borough Council, the Highways Agency, NHS Trusts and Warrington Council. And the statistics compiled and announced for the whole of Cheshire are equally positive.
They demonstrate the rate of collisions have decreased by 33%, while the number of people killed or injured has reduced by more than half - 55%.
Lee Murphy, the project manager for the Cheshire Safety Camera Partnership, said: 'Although the figures are very good, we were expecting them to be this high, and we will continue with our campaign until drivers change their attitudes towards speeding.
'We want them to think about speed being in the same league as drink driving, but we are aware it will take people time to adjust.
'These figures clearly show that speed cameras do work, and they will stay there as long as they are successful.
'We have worked out that in one year alone we have managed to get people to reduce their speed by an average of 3mph across the county, and by a higher average of 4% in Halton.'
The partnership is confident it will hit set Government targets, and reduce the number of motorists killed or seriously injured by as much as 40% in 2010.
The safety partnership has also allocated three new sites for speed camera use, which will include Boston Avenue, Northwich Road and Heath Road in Run-corn.
There must have been four people killed or seriously injured for speed cameras to be installed in the first place - and cameras are often introduced alongside other traffic calming measures.