Roads safer... but the work goes on

Coun Fred Jackson, Blackpool council's cabinet member for highways and transport

Coun Fred Jackson, Blackpool council's cabinet member for highways and transport

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BLACKPOOL’S roads are getting safer – but things still need to improve.

That is the message after it was revealed the number of people killed or seriously injured on the resort’s roads is on the way down.

But – with the council currently pushing for all motorists to pledge to drive at 30 or less – Coun Fred Jackson said there is no room for complacency.

Last year there were 81 people killed or seriously hurt on roads across Blackpool and Fylde, compared to 110 in 2011 - a reduction of just over a third.

And Coun Jackson, Blackpool council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “While I’m glad that the figures have reduced again this year, we are not complacent and will continue to work towards lowering casualties on the road.

“The messages that we give to schools about staying safe are obviously getting through.

“Now we are making sure that these same messages are being passed to parents and drivers as well to make sure that we can make the number of injuries on Blackpool’s roads as low as possible.”

In September last year motorcyclist Patrick Cresswell, 46, and his pillion passenger Suzanne Smith, 25, died after colliding with a tractor on Mythop Road, Weeton, while two 11-year-old schoolgirls were injured when they were hit by a stolen car on Macauley Road, Marton, in November.

In Lancashire Police’s northern division – which covers Fleetwood and Wyre – the number of deaths or serious injuries has dropped from 144 to 123.

Chf Insp Debbie Howard, in charge of road policing, said: “While these figures suggest that our roads are now even safer, we are not complacent and we are committed to reducing this figure even further.

“Most collisions in the county are linked to driver errors and behaviour and what we term the ‘Fatal 4’ which is speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone whilst driving or driving under the influence of alcohol.”

Lancashire County Council is currently introducing 20mph speed limits in residential areas across the county in a bid to cut accidents.

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