Fall in road collisions

the number of people killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads has fallen over the last ten years.

In 2001, the Government set police a target to reduce the number of people killed or seriously hurt on the roads by 40 per cent.

Police in Derbyshire’s target was to reduce the figure to 499 but this has been bettered by 88, with 411 deaths or serious injuries in 2010. This compares with 718 collisions in 2001.

Chief inspector Steve Wilson said: “Although we are pleased with this significant achievement, every collision is one too many and we will continue to do everything we can to make our roads safer for everyone.

“As well as speed enforcement and vehicle safety checks, the reduction can be attributed to improved road designs, better education for drivers and safety campaigns.”