40 per cent reduction between 2000 and 2010

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The number of people killed or seriously injured on Kent’s roads is continuing to fall.

Crash statistics show a five per cent drop, with the number of serious road casualties falling to 519 in 2011 from 545 in 2010 and 629 the previous year.

Numbers reduced significantly between 2000-2010, exceeding the government target of a 40 per cent reduction as a result of improved road conditions and targeted publicity campaigns.

Kent County Council cabinet member for highways Cllr Bryan Sweetland said: “This continued fall in figures has come about as a result of a lot of hard work by county council staff, together with Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Medway Council and other agencies.

“We are not complacent about these figures, however, and will keep up the good work in an effort to reduce the numbers still further. Drivers in turn can help us by driving safely and taking responsibility for their actions on the road.”

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