Hundreds of people died or suffered serious injuries on East Devon roads, over the course five years
PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 February 2018
More than 300 people either lost their life or suffered a serious injury after a crash on a East Devon roads between 2012 and 2016, figures have revealed.
The area also had the second highest number of crashes which result in casualties when compared to anywhere else in the county.
According to the statistics, around five people a year have lost their life following a collision in East Devon.
In the space of five years, there were 2,132 casualties who suffered injuries in crashes on East Devon roads - 28 people died, 274 suffered serious injuries and 1,830 people were caused ‘slight’ harm.
The figures also reveal the number of fatal collisions more than doubled in 2016 compared to 2015 - from three to seven. Although, the total number of casualties has fallen since 2012 - from 429 to 370 - a decrease of around 20 per cent.
The statistics showed there were a number of locations in East Devon where fatal accidents had occurred more than once.
This included the A35 - near Raymond’s Hill south of Axminster, the A35 in Honiton, Seaton Road - between Ottery St Mary and the A3052 junction, West Hill and Exeter Road – leading up to the Daisymount roundabout, on the A30 near Upottery and on the M5. It was also revealed that there were more casualties aged over 65 involved in all kind of collisions - fatal, serious and slight - than any other age category. The second highest age category was 20- to 24-year-olds and the third highest was 15- to 19-year-olds.
Sergeant Andy Squires is one of the officers who will be running various schemes to help crack down on dangerous driving in East Devon over the course of 2018.
Last month he said he the main risk came from speeding youngsters and impaired elderly drivers, so police would be using enforcement and education to tackle the issue. This included educating young drivers, with the help of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, at car shows and motorsport events.
Police also hope to educate older drivers at crime and safety roadshows across East Devon. Officers will also be carrying out speed checks.
Sgt Squires said: “You can put all collisions down to either driving too fast for the circumstances or driver error. A few have been down to medical episodes.”
Sgt Squires said more people needed to take into account the stopping distances, which changed depending on how fast you were travelling and if it was dry, wet, icy and when there were autumn leaves on the ground. Other causes included mobile phones, people not looking where they are gong and distractions.
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