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More than 300 killed or injured on Cornwall's roads

More than 300 killed or injured on Cornwall's roads

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:48am 18th November 2019. (Updated at 8:07am 18th November 2019)

Archive photo of emergency services at the scene of a crash on Cornwall's A30

The number of people killed or seriously injured on Cornwall's roads is revealed.

Figures show there were 303 casualties in 2018, of which 55 were pedestrians.

The figure, released by Brake, is the second highest across the south-west.

It comes as the charity launches its latest road safety campaign, "Step Up for Safe Streets', for Road Safety Week 2019.

What do the figures show?

There were 303 casualties on Cornwall's roads in 2018.

Only Devon had more in the south-west, at 395.

Brake has released the figures as part of its latest road safety campaign.

Its statistics show that across the region, six people are killed or seriously injured every day.

184 were killed in the south-west and 2,012 seriously injured, with the biggest rise in the city of Bristol.

Nationwide, 2,000 adults said they had been caught in a collision or had a near-miss in the last year.

What is happening for Road Safety Week 2019?

Brake is sharing inspiring stories of supporters in the region who are campaigning to reduce road danger and is also advising how everyone can step up in their daily lives.

The charity suggests people choose to leave the car at home, to help improve safety and air quality, or pledge to be a safe driver, always keeping within speed limits and never drinking or taking drugs and driving.

Schoolchildren, community groups and employees across the region will be taking part in the week by learning about safe systems solutions, from 20mph limits in urban areas, to technology which can prevent vehicles from speeding.

Another simple way for people in the region to get involved with Road Safety Week is by completing Brake's survey about the safety of the streets where you live. 

The findings will be shared with local authorities to help them understand the views of the people who live, work and play on their streets: Read more.

Road Safety Week 2019 partners, Kwik-Fit and Specsavers, are also backing the campaign 'Step Up for Safe Streets'.

Kwik-Fit is offering free vehicle safety checks at more than 600 centres across the country and Specsavers touring a virtual reality driving experience to encourage people to make sure their eyesight is good enough for driving.

"These findings paint an alarming picture of the danger on the south-west's roads and yet it's what we're all exposed to, every day, when getting about. 

"We shouldn't have to accept this level of risk as part of our daily lives and so we are calling on everyone to "Step Up" for Road Safety Week and shout out for the solutions that we know can make our roads safe.

"Across the region, people are working tirelessly to campaign for safe streets, organising petitions, meeting with MPs and councillors and raising money and awareness. 

"This Road Safety Week we want everyone to think about how they can do their bit and step up for safe streets. 

"Can you join or start a local campaign? Do you need to take the car on your next journey, or could you walk, cycle or get the bus? If you are travelling by car, will you pledge to always keep within speed limits and never drive after drinking alcohol or taking drugs? 

"Let's all Step Up for Safe Streets and, together, we can help make roads safer for everyone".

Joshua Harris, Brake

You can read more about the campaign here.

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