New data released by South Wales Fire and Rescue service reveals a rather worrying increase in road traffic collisions – an 18% rise over the last 12 months. The data also highlighted roads which were most prone to accidents, naming the stretch between junctions 33 and 37 of the M4, the A4232 and A470. Over the last 12 months, 1,334 accidents have occurred in South Wales with 32 fatalities, almost as many accidents as in 2009/10 when 1,428 road traffic collisions took place.
The Head of Road Safety for South Wales Fire and Rescue, Vaughan Jenkins, commented: “Unfortunately, 98% of all road traffic collisions are due to human error, so we work closely with our police force colleagues to educate drivers, motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists on the dangers in a bid to reduce the number of accidents we attend.”
A spokesperson for road safety charity Brake also commented: “It is disappointing to see the number of road crashes on South Wales’ roads has risen. Road crashes are preventable tragedies and even one death or injury on the road is too many.”
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Date Published: August 9, 2014
Author: David Brown