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November
2013
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Europe/London

Leeds on the right road for safety


Latest figures have revealed that Leeds continues to be amongst the safest cities in the country for having the lowest number of people killed or seriously injured on its roads.



Annual statistics released by the Department for Transport show that the number of reported casualties of serious road accidents in Leeds in 2012 was again the lowest of all eight of the English ‘core cities’ outside London which include Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.



Leeds has now reported the lowest casualty rate in terms of those killed or seriously injured for each of the last three years, and previously also had the lowest average for the years 2005 to 2009.



The 2012 figure in Leeds for the numbers of people reported killed or seriously injured per billion vehicle miles was 80, remaining largely at the same level over the last four years. This figure has reduced from 94 in 2008 and an average of 91 over the years 2005-09.



The figures have been highlighted to coincide with national Road Safety Week this week, raising awareness of the importance of road safety and the work being done by Leeds City Council and partner agencies to ensure roads are as safe as possible.



This work includes introducing engineering measures to improve road safety, changing the behaviour of road users through education and training and developing closer working relationships between all agencies with a focus on casualty reduction.



Leeds City Council executive member for the economy and development Councillor Richard Lewis said:



“We are very pleased that the statistics show Leeds continues to have the lowest number of road casualties as it is a reflection of the hard work being done by all agencies in Leeds to raise road and driving awareness and our efforts to make our roads as safe as possible.



“There is no room for complacency, however, as even one serious injury is too many so this vital work must continue in order for the figures to drop further.”



The full annual road safety statistics can be seen at the Department for Transport website at www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport



For information on road safety in Leeds go to www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Road-safety.aspx





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For media enquiries please contact:

Roger Boyde,

Leeds City Council press office,

Tel 0113 247 5472

Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk