Fewer people killed or seriously injured on Plymouth roads
POLICE figures have revealed fewer people were killed or seriously hurt on Plymouth's roads this year, bucking the force-wide trend.
The figures show the number of motorists killed or seriously injured (KSI) in the city dropped from 47 to 34 between April and October 2012, compared with the same period the previous year.
While other areas of Devon and Cornwall saw rises, that is a fall of 27.7 per cent for Plymouth.
Force-wide there has been a rise of 3.3 percent in the number of KSIs, jumping from 365 to 377.
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Police revealed the number of motorcyclists who have been killed or seriously injured on the two counties' roads had slightly dropped, from 106 incidents to 104.
The county of Devon saw an increase of 11 percent in the number of KSIs, rising from 219 to 244 with the areas of North and West Devon seeing the largest increase, of 43.4 percent, from 53 to 74.
Exeter, East and Mid Devon also suffered a rise of 18 percent, from 50 to 59 killed or seriously injured, while South Devon went up 8.7 percent from 69 to 75.
Cornwall also saw a reduction, from 146 to 133, a drop of 9.7 percent.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "There are a number of factors which contribute to road casualties, the main four being in-car distractions like mobile phones, impairment through alcohol or drugs, inappropriate speed and failing to wear seatbelts.
"During the first three months of 2012 three-quarters of all fatals in the force area were on main arterial routes and the vast majority of fatal casualties were men with an average age of 40.
"There is no one single cause for people being killed or seriously injured on West Country roads.
"This is why it is important for us to accurately investigate collisions in order that we can improve road safety through driver education, enforcement or road design.
"Although we've made significant progress, one death is too many and our officers work extremely hard to prevent people becoming casualties."