Casualty total slashed as safety moves pay off

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NATIONAL targets for road safety are being achieved by North Lanarkshire Council, with the number of fatalities and serious casualties slashed by 74 per cent over the last 10 years.

Statistics, published by Strathclyde Police, show the number has fallen from 276 in 1999 to 72 in 2010.

Over the same time, the total number of people injured annually in road accidents in North Lanarkshire has reduced by 42 per cent, from 1,313 to 759.

In 2010, there were only two fatal road accidents in the area, which is the lowest figure recorded since North Lanarkshire Council was established and a reduction of 89 per cent over 10 years.

The number of pedestrians injured each year on the roads has also decreased from 385 to 135, a drop of 65 per cent.

For full story, see the March 3 edition of the Times & Speaker.