Wealden highest for people injured or killed on roads

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Wealden has the highest number of people killed or injured in road traffic accidents in East Sussex, according to statistics released by a road safety organisation.

The statistics released by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership on Tuesday (October 8) showed that 109 people were killed or injured in accidents on the district’s roads in 2012 compared to 46 in Eastbourne and 43 in Lewes. It is the highest number in the East Sussex local authority area, which excludes Brighton and Hove.

The number in Wealden is down from 2008 where 144 people were killed or injured but up from 2011 where 105 people were involved in fatal or serious car accidents.

In 2009 139 people were injured or killed on the district’s roads and 121 people were injured or killed in 2010.

Across Sussex as a whole the number of people killed or injured on the roads has decreased.

Figures from the Department of Transport show 43 people lost their lives on Sussex’s roads in 2012 - a reduction from 64 during 2011 and 843 suffered serious or life changing injury, down from 865 in 2011.

But Phil Henty, Operations Manager at Sussex Safer Roads Partnership said as encouraging as the figures are for the county, there is still more work to be done in local areas.

He said: “Directly comparing one year’s data to another is not helpful in determining the long-term road safety picture anywhere in the country.

“It’s an unfortunate fact that the number of people experiencing injury fluctuates on a yearly basis, even if there is nothing being done differently on the roads.

“In Sussex, while the roads are getting safer, it would be wrong to assume that all areas are in line with the nationally published figures. The improvements are happening, but they are not evenly distributed.”

Across Sussex, the data shows that the risk of being killed or seriously injured on the roads has decreased from 6.6 people per 10,000 in 2005 to 5.5 people per 10,000 in 2012. But the partnership said there are some significant differences between local areas.

In Wealden the risk of being killed or injured was 7.5 per 10,000 in 2012. This was down from 2010 where 10 per 10,000 were at risk but up from 2011 where 7.2 per 10,000 people were at risk.

East Sussex has a lower number of people losing their lives or being seriously injured on the roads than West Sussex.

The figures show 305 people were killed or injured compared to 421 in West Sussex in 2012.

A spokeswoman for East Sussex County Council, which is a partner of the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, along with other councils and the police, said: said: “Members of the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership are working together to make the roads across Sussex safer.

“Reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads is a common target of all partners, including Sussex Police, the ambulance service, fire services and the county, district and borough councils in Sussex.”