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Annual road deaths hit record low

Posted by Greg Throughton

Britain's roads have got safer as annual deaths have fallen below 2,000 for the first time since records began.

The Department for Transport revealed to motorists, including those with Smev caravan hobs and cookers, that 1,857 people were killed on the roads in 2010, a reduction of 16 per cent on the previous year's figure.

Reductions were also seen in the number of people seriously and slightly injured in reported road accidents.

Adrian Walsh Director of RoadSafe said: "This is a remarkable achievement, while there can be no single reason for this reduction, it is clear that an effort by drivers themselves, the road safety community as a whole and the safety investment by roads authorities has contributed."

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) said that the reduction is a significant achievement considering records began in the 1920s and much of the improvements have been made since the 1980s.

Kevin Clinton, RoSPA's head of road safety, said that the figures highlight the need for the good work to continue as unfortunately cyclist deaths increased from 2009.