County Roads Campaign – Response from Suffolk County Council Labour Group

THINK! have launched their nationwide Country Roads Campaign in an attempt to convince country drivers to “brake before the bend”. This campaign comes in response to new figures showing Britain’s rural roads to be the most dangerous, with 1,040 people were killed and 9,051 seriously injured in 2014.

Regrettably, there has been a steady increase in the number of road accidents in Suffolk and this is after the county enjoyed one of the best road accident records in UK in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.

Opposition Spokesperson, Cllr Sandra Gage said,

“Whilst the majority of road accidents can usually be attributed to human error, the County Council’s abolishing of a specific road safety budget for preventative work has not helped. This combined with deteriorating road conditions, again due to loss of funds, makes for a deadly cocktail.”

“Road Safety Campaigns can remind drivers to drive carefully, but I think with these new traffic figures published, the Council should do more. I believe the County Council should look to reinstate a preventative road safety budget. Without these funds to do the work to lessen the risk of accidents the Council is, in my opinion, not giving road safety the priority it should have in Suffolk.”

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