Accidents on county's roads drop

The number of personal injury claims in Essex will have reduced as council figures show the number of people seriously injured in accidents on the county's roads has dropped.

The drop of 24%, the biggest ever one-year fall, follows a scheme introduced by Essex County Council in July which offers road safety education to young drivers and motorcyclists.

Councillor Norman Hume said: "I am incredibly proud of the work we are all doing as agencies and drivers themselves to reduce accidents on our roads in Essex.

"The sobering news of three fatalities on our roads reminds us that despite our positive progress overall we must remain vigilant and prevent accidents from occurring wherever we can.

"The investment we are putting into the intervention through enforcement, together with multi-agency education efforts, are clearly showing real results.

"Every life lost or serious accident which occurs on our roads is one too many so I'd appeal to motorists to continue their efforts in driving safely and help us make Essex a safer place."

The figures put Essex on track to meet a Government target for local authorities of a 40% drop in those killed or serious injured in accidents by 2010.

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