Pandemic reduces traffic but 33 lives still lost on Humberside roads, figures reveal
Dozens of people died and more than 300 were seriously injured in road traffic accidents last year, figures for Humberside Police show.
With reduced road usage during the coronavirus pandemic, fatal and serious road traffic accidents dropped by more than a fifth across the country but 33 people still lost their lives due to collisions around Humberside in 2020.
However, less traffic contributed to a 21% decline in the number of people killed or seriously hurt locally and an overall drop of 27% in the total number of casualties, from 2,934 in 2019 to 2,140.
Department for Transport figures show at least 360 suffered serious, potentially life-changing injuries. And the number of people left with slight injuries is likely to be higher than the 1,747 recorded as not all crashes or collisions are reported.
The AA said the Government must do more to eradicate road deaths completely by the end of the decade while road safety charity Brake say it is unacceptable to see lives lost or changed forever as a result of preventable crashes.
Road traffic across Britain dropped by over a fifth in 2020 compared to the previous year with the overall number of casualties plunging by a quarter.
AA president Edmund King said 2020’s reduction in road traffic casualties should not become a “one-off” as he called for the Government to introduce road safety targets.
He said: “Regardless of how we use the roads, we all have a responsibility to one another to ensure people can travel safely.”
A Department for Transport spokesman said: “While we have some of the safest roads in the world, this Government will continue to work tirelessly to ensure they are made even safer.
“Our targeted THINK! Campaign continues to educate road-users, and as part of our 2019 Road Safety Statement we committed to a two-year action plan to help promote safer driving on our roads.”