Preston’s road casualty figures shame

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The Preston area has the second highest road casualty rate in Britain relative to its size, according to a new report.

The survey by Direct Line Car Insurance and PACTS (an 
All-Party Parliamentary Group) calculates the road casualty rates for residents of each parliamentary constituency relative to the local population.

The report reveals that 
residents of Preston 
parliamentary constituency have the second highest road casualty rate in Britain.

It says the constituency has a resident casualty rate, for those killed or injured on the roads, 50 per cent higher than the national average.

Preston is also second for 
resident pedestrian casualties, which is 110 per cent above the national average.

The report says there were 308 casualties in 2013 out of a population of 94,780.

Of those, 277 were slight 
injuries, and 31 serious. None were fatal.

Overall, constituencies in the North and East of England have the highest resident road casualty rates in Britain.

Top is Great Grimsby on 52 per cent, with Preston second. Blackpool South scored 38 per cent.

Mike Holliday-Williams, Managing Director Personal Lines at Direct Line commented: “Good information is an essential basis for effective road safety action. Now, for the first time, MPs have specific road casualty information based on their constituency boundaries and its residents. “

David Davies, Executive Director of PACTS added: “Road collisions remain a major cause of death and serious injury in Britain.

“Traffic danger has a significant negative influence on society, it discourages people from walking or cycling, restricts the freedom of children and means vulnerable road users feel intimidated.

“Thousands of victims of road collisions are left with life-changing injuries.”