Improving safety record on roads

THE borough’s roads are getting safer according to the latest statistics published by the Department for Transport.

The number of people killed or seriously injured fell from 44 in 2011 to 37 in 2012, in line with the trend for Sussex as a whole.

However there is still work to be done according to Sussex Safer Roads Partnership.

Operations manager Phil Henty said: “Directly comparing one year’s data to another is not helpful in determining the long-term road safety picture anywhere in the country.

“It’s an unfortunate fact that the number of people experiencing injury fluctuates on a yearly basis, even if there is nothing being done differently on the roads.

“In Sussex, while the roads are getting safer, it would be wrong to assume that all areas are in line with the nationally published figures. The improvements are happening, but they are not evenly distributed.”

Across Sussex, the data shows that the risk of being killed or seriously injured on the roads has decreased from 6.6 people per 10,000 in 2005 to 5.5 people per 10,000 in 2012. There are, however, some significant differences between local areas.

The number of 16 to 24 year old road users being killed or seriously injured has shown improvement since 2005, along with business drivers and powered two wheelers (motorcycles, mopeds and scooters). However, in common with the national picture, the risk per 10,000 population to cyclists is marginally increased, although this is possibly due to increasing numbers of people choosing to cycle.