Fewer deaths on UK roads
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• The number of people killed or seriously injured on British roads fell by 2% last year, according to the latest figures from the Department of Transport, There were 3,409 deaths (14 fewer than in 1999); 38,155 serious injuries (down 2%); and 278,719 slight injuries. Road traffic levels remained about the same.
The government has been encouraged by the figures, and also by the results of a local scheme to reduce casualties in Gloucester city centre. Gloucester received £5m over five years with a target to reduce road casualties by a third. Early results show deaths and serious injuries are down by 38%, equating to about 19 people a year.
New Road Safety Minister David Jamieson says: "Local schemes are fundamental to achieving our tough casualty reduction targets,"