South Gloucestershire already has some of the safest roads in the country but the latest figures show that last year they became even safer.
In 2008 the number of people killed or seriously injured, as well as the number of slightly injured casualties, amongst all road users was the lowest since the council became a Unitary Authority in 1996.
The total number of casualties amongst children was also the lowest since 1996.
The number of sites where there was a concentration of accidents has decreased to 19 from 33 in the previous year.
Cllr Brian Allinson, executive member for planning, transportation and strategic environment, said: “Safety of our residents and reducing the number of accidents on the roads in South Gloucestershire is a priority for us. These latest figures are very encouraging but we must not be complacent. We know the impact that road accidents can have on victims and their families, so we will continue working to reduce accident numbers in South Gloucestershire. “
The Council’s road safety education and training programme increases awareness of local road safety issues as well as working closely with schools and businesses to improve the safety of all road users. The Council also implements a number of road safety schemes each year to improve the safety of the highway network.
Residents can view the full Road Casualty Review at www.southglos.gov.uk/roadsafety. For more information about road safety, residents should contact the Highway & Transportation Section at Highways@southglos.gov.uk or write to the council at Broad Lane, Yate BS37 7PN.
Source: South Gloucestershire Council