Rural road safety gets £1.5m boost

PUBLISHED: 09:43 04 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:41 09 April 2010

DEVON has been given a £1.5 million cash grant to improve safety along some of the county s most troublesome roads.

DEVON has been given a £1.5 million cash grant to improve safety along some of the county's most troublesome roads.

The money is being donated by the Government to Devon County Council as part of its Rural Safety Demonstration Project, which aims to gather information about key problems facing drivers on rural roads.

A spokesperson for Devon County Council said: "New and innovative measures will be considered on these routes, and county council safety experts will discuss with the police what enforcement measures can be considered.

"There will also be a detailed programme to improve the safety awareness and driving/riding skills of regular users of these routes and of minor country roads."

Councillor Margaret Rogers, the county council's executive member for environment, said: "Devon has made good progress at reducing serious casualties, and we are well placed to meet our challenging target of a 55 per cent reduction between 1998 and 2010.

"But last year in Devon there were 49 deaths, most of which were on rural roads with a national speed limit.

"Our challenge is to reduce the number of collisions in the demonstration area, and also reduce the severity of injury.

"Most collisions are preventable through modest changes to our behaviour, and there is a limit to how much we can rely on more lines and signs to achieve reductions.

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