Action call over road accident figures
Dozens of people died and more than 300 were seriously injured in road traffic accidents in the Northumbria Police area last year, new figures show.
Despite reduced road use during the coronavirus pandemic, 29 people lost their lives due to collisions in the area during 2020 – a 27% drop in the number of people killed or seriously hurt.
There was also an overall drop of 29% in the total number of casualties – from 2,990 in 2019 to 2,121.
Nationally, fatal and serious road traffic accidents dropped by more than a fifth.
Road traffic across Britain dropped by over a fifth in 2020 compared to the previous year with the overall number of casualties plunging by a quarter but cyclist deaths rose, from 100 in 2019 to 140 last year.
A spokesman for Brake called for better investment in vehicle safety and infrastructure, more segregated spaces for cyclists and pedestrians and appropriate speed limits.
He added: "We need a concerted focus on reducing road deaths and catastrophic injuries."
AA president Edmund King said: “We all have a responsibility to one another to ensure people can travel safely.”
“For many years the Government has not set any road safety targets and, if we are serious about a vision zero for road deaths, the Government should urgently reintroduce targets so we can work hard to end road deaths as quickly as possible.”
A Department for Transport spokesman said: “While we have some of the safest roads in the world, this Government will continue to work tirelessly to ensure they are made even safer.”