More than 40 people killed on our roads

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The number of people dying in crashes within the South Holland area fell from five in 2013 to three last year.

But that statistic doesn’t include South Holland residents who died outside the district boundary, such as the two elderly Spalding people who lost their lives following accidents late last month at Sutterton and the A17 at Fulbeck.

Figures for those seriously injured up to September are 221 for the county and 32 for South Holland.

Serious injury totals for the whole of 2013 were 341 for the county and 51 for South Holland.

John Siddle, spokesman for Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP), said there’s no single reason for the rise in the number of deaths on our roads.

He said: “We can break it down to the ‘fatal four’ – drink, speed, mobile phones involved and not wearing a seat belt in some of those instances.”

But the nature of Lincolnshire’s roads also plays a part.

Mr Siddle said: “If someone has a tyre blow out at 70mph on a motorway, they normally come to a grinding halt and all is well.

“On our roads they will pitch into a ditch or a dyke or trees – whatever is at the side of the road – and it doesn’t turn out well for most of them.”

The road safety partnership was founded after 104 road deaths were recorded in 1999 – numbers then dipped until 2003 when another 104 lost their lives.

Since then there has been a decline in fatalities with Lincolnshire Police and LRSP targeting training towards at risk groups, such as the young and motorcyclists.

Mr Siddle said “getting them while they are young and in school” is the start to the road safety message, but that now continues during training at driving schools.