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Cornwall's Road Death Figures are Revealed

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:34pm 28th June 2013.

One person is being killed on Cornwall's roads every fortnight.

New figures seen by Pirate FM have revealed almost 200 more were seriously hurt last year.

Zoe from Bude lost one of her friends in a crash near Callington.

She tells Pirate FM it has changed the way she drives: "We're losing far too many young drivers and, well, everyone really due to road accidents. I heard another one in the news yesterday so it's obviously happening on a daily occurrence at the moment and something does need to be done.

"I didn't want to drive for quite a while afterwards because I was pretty nervous to get in the car knowing that sort of thing could happen to me. It's definitely given me quite a switched-on head when it comes to driving now whereas friends are like, drive a bit faster and egging you on; I'm pretty sure that I'll never speed."

Road safety charity Brake is calling for government action.

Spokeswoman Ellen Booth says the grief of losing a loved one in a crash can be compared to that of homicide: "These are sudden and violent events. You might see your loved one in the morning, only to find out hours later that you'll never see them again. You might never see their body because it was so badly damaged in the crash. These are incredibly traumatic events."

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