I am urging constituents to drive safely and with consideration of the weather conditions this winter. This follows new figures released by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety.
The data shows that casualties Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) in Delyn is ranked as ‘High’ compared to the UK average, with the ranking ranging from ‘Very Low’ to ‘Very High’. The number of KSIs in Delyn is 21% higher than the national average.
• Pedestrian KSIs are 11% lower than the national rate, but is 9% higher than the Wales rate;
• Motorcycle user casualties are 16% lower than the national rate;
• Car user casualties are 22% higher than the national rate;
• Pedestrian cycle user casualties are 49% lower than the national rate; and
• KSIs involving uninsured drivers are 62% lower than the national rate.
In 2010, there was a total of 244 reported KSIs in Delyn which has been dramatically cut to 33 in 2015. This is due to the effort put in by the North Wales Police which is demonstrated by the report noting that the North Wales Police are performing better than the rest of the country in bringing down KSIs.
There are a number of reasons why Delyn has a higher KSI number than other constituencies. One particular reason is that we have more rural and narrow roads which people do not always take the care and precautions needed with driving along them.
This week’s cold snap of weather is the first sign that winter has arrived. As such there will be sharp frosts, freezing fog and wintry weather so people need to make sure they are driving to the conditions.
With car casualties being 22% higher than the national rate we can see there is still a lot more needed to be done to raise awareness of how to drive safely. But there is some good news in the figures. We have some of the safest roads for cyclists and pedestrians, which is great for the booming tourism industry in Delyn.
The festive season means that people will be are visiting friends and family. Remember don’t drink and drive. Make sure you have a designated driver so that we can make our roads even safer than last year.