Hastings road casualties increase

THE number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured on roads in Hastings has risen, though the number of overall accidents has dropped.

The figures were revealed by the Department of Transport as part of its annual report on road safety.

The number of accidents involving pedestrians killed or seriously injured in the town increased from 16 in 2009 to 18 in 2010.

Cyclists who were killed or seriously injured also rose from three people to five.

However the total number of serious casualties from accidents in Hastings has decreased by 25 per cent, from 52 in 2009 to 39 in 2010.

The total number of child casualties has also dropped from 10 in 2009 to six in 2010.

East Sussex County Council’s lead member for Transport, councillor Carl Maynard, said: “We are committed to working with the police and other partners such as parish councils, town councils and the fire brigade to reduce the amount of people killed and seriously injured in East Sussex.

“We are part of the Safer Roads Partnership and we take each accident very seriously.”

The Department of Transport statistics also show 50 people in the south east were killed in drink-drive accidents in 2009 and a further 1,740 were seriously or slightly injured.

The South East had the highest rate in the country for drink-drive casualties in 2009, amounting to 17 per cent of the total 10,390 who were killed or injured in England.