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The road safety partnership working hard to stop ALL fatal and serious collisions in Devon and Cornwall by 2040

explore the key themes.

The UK has some of the safest roads in the world, but the effects of every death or serious injury on our roads are devastating, for the bereaved, for families and loved ones, and for those who support the seriously injured, some of whom may have long-term life-changing injuries. Vision Zero has indicated the key themes for road collision and incidences in Devon and Cornwall

The partnership commissioned transport safety specialists Agilysis to compile a detailed report on road safety in Devon and Cornwall.  The report, which can be read in full here, highlighted six groups of road users who are most vulnerable to death and serious injury, as well as two further areas where improvements could lead to fewer fatalities and serious injuries:

who is most at risk ?

some statistics .

Between 2000-2010 the UK Government’s road safety strategy was “Britain’s Roads – Safer for Everyone”.  Challenging national targets were set during this time with a clear expectation that local highway authorities and their partners would contribute towards the achievement of the national target through local action.  Across Devon and Cornwall, these reduction targets were met and in some cases exceeded.

However, despite the success of the previous decade, since 2008 there has been an increasing trend in the recorded number of seriously injured casualties across the road network of Devon and Cornwall.

The number of fatalities recorded each year during this period has fluctuated whilst the trend has remained static as the following tables show:

Fatalities 2008-2018

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Adjusted KSI figures 2008-2018

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Between 2008 and 2018, 612 people died and a further 7,711 were seriously injured.