Roads in Suffolk more dangerous

ROADS in Suffolk are becoming more dangerous, new figures show today.

ROADS in Suffolk are becoming more dangerous, new figures show today.

The number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) in the county has increased by a third compared to last year.

There were 329 people KSI between January 1 and November 7 this year, while in the same period in 2007 there were 247.

In particular, the number of people being seriously injured has gone up by nearly 50 per cent compared to last year.

But deaths have gone down from 28 in 2007 to 26 in 2008 - a decrease of 7.7pc.

The figures, released by Suffolk police, also show that 2165 traffic offences were committed between September 1 and November 5 this year.

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They come after the police and Suffolk County Council launched a crackdown at the beginning of September to reduce casualties by targeting inappropriate behaviour.

During the campaign, officers have caught 1176 people without a seatbelt, 328 drivers using their mobile phones, and 661 motorists speeding. More than 350 fixed penalty notices have also been issued for other motoring offences, such as vehicle defects.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said: “Disappointingly there are still motorists and passengers who continue to put their own lives and the lives of others at risk.

“Please don't become a statistic. Please, belt up, switch off the mobile, slow down, and don't drink and drive.”

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