Car crash rates soar in North East

Car crash rates soar in North East

The Government needs to allocate more funding to the North East of England and other regions with the largest road safety problems, according to motoring experts.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) made the call after Department of Transport data revealed the North East saw the biggest rise in the number of people killed or seriously injured in road accidents last year.

The number of casualties in the North East rose 8% between 2010/11 and 2011/12.

A 2% rise in the Yorkshire and Humber region put it top of the national table for overall accident rates. Drivers in the region appear more likely to be killed or seriously injured than any other in England per head of population.

RAC head of external affairs Pete Williams said: "It's disturbing to see that the North East of England has seen the biggest increase in fatalities and serious injuries.

"Nationally, though, deaths on our roads are actually at their lowest ever level. The number of people killed or seriously injured is, however, very similar to 2010 which signifies that the longer term downward trend may have come to an end and may be plateauing.

"The Department for Transport road casualty figures are a mix of good and bad news which emphasises the need to ensure road safety remains high on the agenda so that we can return to a sustained downward trend and our roads become even safer."

One of the worst regions for all types of crashes andcar insurance claims in 2010/11 was the South East - which recorded a 10% increase in accidents - but it has made the biggest improvement with an 8% decrease for 2011/12.

Accident rates fell in the North West and the West Midlands, but increased in the East of England and London.

IAM chief executive Simon Best is calling for more funding for regions with the greatest problems.

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