NEW figures have shown the number of road casualties in Cheshire is at its lowest ever.
Cheshire Safer Roads Partnership has unveiled the findings. Highlights include:
Fatalities have fallen by 31% to 42 (compared with 61 in 2008). The average number of fatalities between 2001-2005 (inclusive) was 72.
Seriously injured casualties have fallen by 16% to 557 (compared with 663 in 2008).
Young road users (aged 17-25) killed and seriously injured casualties fell by 31% to 143 (compared with 206 in 2008).
Motorbike casualties fell by 13% to 139 (compared with 160 in 2008).
The main causes of fatalities were poor driving/riding and bad judgment, plus alcohol impairment.
Lee Murphy, Cheshire Safer Roads Partnership manager, said: “These are very welcome figures.
“It’s encouraging to see a significant reduction in our road casualties – down to our lowest ever number.
“I’d like to thank all the partners, staff and the Cheshire public for working exceptionally hard together towards are common goal of saving lives.”