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Casualty Reduction

Why this is a priority objective 

Although there has been a considerable reduction in the number of road casualties over the last 10 years, the county still has a higher than average rate of child casualties; 166 in 2012. However, County Durham has a significant roads network which present risks that many other areas do not have to contend with.

Speeding vehicles has been of particular concern to people in County Durham for many years and opportunities exist to reduce that concern as this issue cuts across both the anti-social behaviour and road casualty objectives.

Our long term priorities are to:

  • Improve education and raise awareness of road safety
  • Improve health and wellbeing of communities through casualty reduction
  • Develop a safer road environment 

You can find out more about the work of the Road Safety Team at