Call for action as roads revealed to be among worst

  • More than 300 people seriously injured or killed as area ranks sixth worst
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DAMNING new figures have shown hundreds of people have been hurt or killed on roads ranked as some of the worst in the country.

Gosport’s constituency has been ranked sixth worst for crashes leaving people killed or seriously injured.

The fact of the matter is that most cras are caused by excessive speed

Sean Woodward

Between 2010 and 2014, there were 308 people killed or seriously injured in the Gosport constituency area.

Now calls have been made for drivers to slow down to avoid disaster crashes.

Councillor Sean Woodward is transport lead at Hampshire County Council.

He said: ‘The fact is that most crashes are caused by excessive speed.

‘Slow down, look out – if everybody did that then we wouldn’t have crashes that bring everything to a grinding halt.’

He added it was very rare for the design of a road to be at fault in an accident.

Whenever there is a fatality the county council and Hampshire police look at the road to see if it was a factor in the crash.

The shocking figures in Gosport mean that on average there are 62 crashes involving deaths or serious injuries a year.

While other areas may have higher figures, Gosport is ranked sixth when the crash data is analysed per 1,000 of population.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage said: ‘I was really alarmed to read the statistics published by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, which highlighted that Gosport is above the national average for road accidents resulting in individuals being killed or seriously injured.’

She has also campaigned for stronger sentences for people convicted of dangerous driving on the roads.

Ms Dinenage added: ‘That is why I strongly urge drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists throughout Gosport to take extra precautions to ensure their safety and that of other road users.’

PACTS, which issued the figures with insurer Direct Line, is a charity and all-party parliamentary group.

David Davies, PACTS executive director said: ‘The risk to road users is heightened in November as people travel more in periods of darkness.

‘PACTS wants to see our roads and vehicles made safer for all road users so that small errors don’t result in death or life-changing injury.

‘We have the technology and understanding to do this. We need to get on with it.’