Increase in road accidents puts Lincolnshire in top 10 of nationwide danger list
The number of accidents on Lincolnshire roads has put the county in the top ten of a nationwide danger list.
Data from the Department for Transport shows there were 2,355 accidents in Lincolnshire in 2011.
The figures include 45 deaths, 366 serious and 1,944 slight injuries, putting the county in eighth place, followed by Staffordshire and Nottinghamshire.
Kent tops the list with 4,211 accidents, with Surrey second with 4,023 incidents.
Lincolnshire's accident rate is 5.2 per 1,000 vehicles, compared to the national figure of 4.6. Casualty rates have risen nationally since 2010 and it has led a road safety charity to call for urgent action.
Simon Best, chief executive of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said: "Cutting road safety education and reductions in local authority spending all suggest that road safety isn't a major priority for this Government. The Government must bring back targets for road safety.
"While our real aim should be for no deaths or injuries – as is the case on the railways – simply meeting the European target of reducing deaths by 50 per cent by 2020 would in itself save a thousand lives."
So far this year, 27 people have been killed on the county's roads. But this compares to 41 at this point in 2011.
The spokesman for the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, John Siddle, said the target of halving the number of road deaths locally by 2010 had been surpassed.
But despite any targets, Mr Siddle said it is important to prioritise road safety work where it is most needed.
"For example, if the number of child deaths went up we would change our focus accordingly," he said.
"We recognise that we are rated badly compared to the rest of the country but there's much more work to be done and significantly less cash about. Lincolnshire's road network is massive.
"There's always going to be the driver that allows themselves to be distracted, or drives recklessly or carelessly.
"Then there's those that ignore the speed limit, not just excess speed, but inappropriate speed."
Advanced motorist Gary Hill, 71, of Chippendale Road, Birchwood, Lincoln, said training is the key to safer driving.
He said: "I think it's all about education through initiatives like driving assessments, speed seminars and 2fast2soon, which has done some wonderful work with young drivers."