Road deaths fell by 18 per cent in 2012

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Road deaths in Lincolnshire fell by seven to 39 in 2012 – 18 per cent fewer than the previous year.

The year ended tragically with three lives lost over the Christmas period on the county’s roads and a further two young lives being claimed in Cambridgeshire, Sutton Bridge sisters Tamzin (10) and Jessica Portor (7).

John Siddle, of Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, said it’s good news that road deaths are now consistently lower than just over a decade ago when they topped 100.

But he said: “It’s still shocking that nearly 40 people are dying on our roads every year.”

He says the reduction in the county’s fatal accidents results from a combination of factors, including drivers being more aware of road safety.

He said: “We have got more people thinking of joining things like The Institute of Advanced Motorists and ROSPA and actually doing something about their driving rather than passing their tests when they are 17 and not doing anything else about it.”

Mr Siddle says better car technology plays a part in cutting the number of accidents as do initiatives by police and other groups on drink-driving, speed awareness and driver training.