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Road safety campaign saves lives

PUBLISHED: 20:54 08 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:08 03 March 2010

ROAD statistics released today show that there was 63 fewer casualties on Suffolk's roads in 2001 than the previous year.

During 2001 the number of people who lost their lives, or were seriously injured, fell by 12 per cent in comparison with figures from 2000.

ROAD statistics released today show that there was 63 fewer casualties on Suffolk's roads in 2001 than the previous year.

During 2001 the number of people who lost their lives, or were seriously injured, fell by 12 per cent in comparison with figures from 2000.

Suffolk County Council has worked closely with the police to prevent accidents through running education and training programmes alongside speed and accident reduction schemes.

It will also continue to seek additional Government funding to expand its programme of innovative schemes to reduce the number of casualties on the county's roads.

Peter Monk, member of Suffolk County Council executive committee, said: "It is vital that work continues to make our roads safer. These accident figures show that significant progress has been made and that lives have been saved."

He added: "Suffolk County Council and the police are confident that with the help of additional funding available to us next year we can remain in line with the Government's targets for reducing road accidents over the next ten years."

Plans to reduce accidents on roads that became the county council's responsibility in June 2001 are also being finalised.

These will include high visibility fixed cameras at junctions of the A140 with the B1078 at Coddenham and the A12 with the A1094 at Benhall which will be installed early this year.

"These sites have seen a high number of accidents and these measures are expected to make them much safer."

Accident reduction will continue to be a high priority for the council this year and additional funding will enable more safety schemes to be implemented. This will be backed up by efforts from the police and county council to improve driver skills and behaviour.

The already established anti-speeding campaign will also be extended to target specific groups.

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