A new national report has revealed the number of people killed and seriously injured on North Yorkshire’s roads has dropped by almost 16% during the past decade.
It bucks the trend of a 12% rise across England and Wales during the same period – between 2010 and 2017.
It also puts North Yorkshire Police fourth in the country at reducing fatal and serious-injury crashes.
In 2010, 553 people died or were seriously hurt on North Yorkshire’s roads. But by 2017, the number had been progressively reduced to 465 – 88 fewer people.
The findings were published in the national Casualty Reduction Comparison 2010 to 2017 report by Road Safety Support, a non-profit organisation that shares ways to reduce road casualties.
North Yorkshire Police has said the reduction is down to its use of education, enforcement including mobile safety cameras and working with partners such as 95 Alive Road Safety Partnership.
The force introduced its first safety camera van in 2011 and the fleet now stands at 12 vans and a motorcycle. They are deployed to areas based on the risk of serious collisions and concerns about speeding in communities.
Andy Tooke, of North Yorkshire Police’s Traffic Bureau, said: “When we talk about casualty figures, it’s important to remember we’re talking about real people and real lives.
“We’re talking about 88 fewer families that have to receive a knock on the door and the horrific news that a loved one has been killed or suffered life-changing injuries in a collision.
“Such a significant reduction is very encouraging progress, especially at a time when the national average is actually increasing.
“We still have a lot of work to do. But this shows the strategy we’ve adopted is working, which includes the use of mobile safety cameras that have been independently proven to reduce road casualties in North Yorkshire by 20% at specific locations.”
In the same period, North Yorkshire Police has also run high-profile road safety campaigns and operations aimed at a range of road uses.
This includes annual drink and drug driving campaigns, 2016’sBorn Again Biker campaign and its current campaign, If You Saw What I Saw… in which police officers share their first-hand experience of dealing with crashes to influence driver behaviour.
It also includes policing operations – carried out by frontline officers during the period – such as:
- Op Confiscate: Taking illegal motorbike and moped riders off the road
- Op Attention: Tackling drink and drug driving
- Op Safe Pass: Protecting cyclists
- Op Spartan: Using intelligence supplied by members of the public to educate vulnerable road users and prosecute dangerous drivers
- Project Edward: Supporting an annual day without any road deaths across Europe
- Op Tramline: Improving safety among lorry drivers
Andy added: “Reducing casualties on our roads remains one of North Yorkshire Police’s top priorities, and we’ll continue to use a mix of education and enforcement to encourage motorists to drive more carefully.
“If you saw what we see when we attend fatal and serious injury crashes, you’d understand why we’re so committed to preventing them.”