Serious crashes in Coventry fall

By Ben Glass
November 26, 2.50pm

DEATHS and serious injuries on Coventry’s roads more than halved in the last decade, new figures show.

Crash statistics reveal that between 1994 and 1998 there was an average of 322 casualties per year on the city’s highways.

But in 2006 the figure dropped to 131 and in 2007 plummeted to 107.

This represents a 67 percent fall – a bigger drop than anywhere else in the West Midlands.

Council leaders are delighted with the news – but cannot pinpoint the reason.

Cllr Hazel Noonan, in charge of City Services, said: “This is great news and proves that we are moving in the right direction.

“There is no single reason that these figures can be attributed to, but it shows the various measures that we take to control speed and make roads safer for both motorists and pedestrians are having positive effect.”

Further afield Solihull saw a 60 percent drop, Wolverhampton a 51 percent decrease and Sandwell a 44 percent decline.

Birmingham roads had 34 percent fewer deaths and serious injuries and Dudley 30percent over the same period.

In 2007 there were 875 crashes involving injuries in the Coventry area – nine were fatalities and 90 were classed as serious.

The figures were released by the Department for Transport.
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