Fall in the number of deaths on West Yorkshire’s roads

Chief Inspector Mark Bownass from West Yorkshire Police
Chief Inspector Mark Bownass from West Yorkshire Police

The number of people dying on the region’s roads has fallen by 25 per cent according to police.

The latest figures released by the Association of Chief Police Officers revealed that there were 49 road deaths in West Yorkshire in 2012.

That compares with 65 fatalities on the road in 2011.

But the number of serious injuries has increased year-on-year.

Chief Inspector Mark Bownass said: “Any drop in deaths on our roads is good news but we can’t rest on our laurels - we need to see this figure continue to drop year on year.

“This is shown by the figure for the number of people seriously injured having increased slightly. It is vital that we continue our good work and our work with partners to keep on reducing the number of deaths on the roads and do everything we can to reduce all forms of injuries.

“As a Force we have been carrying out a number of operations targeting bad and dangerous driving and we will continue to run these throughout the year and to work with partner agencies to reduce the number of accidents on our roads.

“Roads policing officers are out on patrol 24/7, 365 days a year and we will do everything in our power to help reduce road deaths even further.

“Working with partners is vital to the work we do - we would not be able to make the impact we do without them and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their help.”