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Lowest number of deaths on Cumbria's roads since 2009

Fewer people are being killed on Cumbria’s roads, according to new figures released today.

The number of deaths has fallen to the lowest level for five years with figures by the Cumbria Road Safety Partnership showing 26 people were killed on the county’s roads last year.

Overall, the number of people killed or seriously injured on Cumbria’s roads has almost halved over the past decade - there were 231 last year compared with 434 in 2004

There were also fewer serious injuries on our roads last year – 205 in 2014 compared with 212 the previous year.

However, the council maintains there is more to be done.

“Whilst these figures show driving in the county is getting safer and safer, one death or casualty is one too many.

"The Cumbria Road Safety Partnership works hard to help road users stay safe and leads a number of initiatives targeting people of all ages, from motorcyclists to drivers both young and old."

– Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for highways and transport

Cumbria Police to check tyre safety

Tyres without the required tread depth are illegal Credit: Robert Schlesinger/DPA/Press Association Images

Cumbria Police will be checking the safety of car tyres ahead of the winter, and drivers whose cars don't meet the required standard could face fines.

Last winter was the wettest on record in the UK, and cars without enough tyre tread depth can struggle to brake properly, leading to more collisions.

Driving on tyres that are under inflated or have a tread depth under 1.6 millimetres is illegal.

Breaking the rules can lead to fines of up to £2,500, and three penalty points for each tyre.


Drivers more likely to crash on rural roads than motorways

Over the last two nights we've heard calls for the driving test to be changed, with campaigners saying it will better equip new drivers for the road.

Even though the number of people killed in accidents is dropping, drivers are far more likely to crash on rural roads than motorways and we are a region with plenty of those.

John Cleland is a former British Touring car champion, now closely involved with road safety.

He's an advanced driving instructor with decades of experience behind the wheel, so who better to take Hannah McNulty on a road trip around the region.


Family petition for changes to driving test

Last night we heard from Spike Johnson, who lost his son, Luke, in a crash near Carlisle, which also killed four other people.

One the ninth anniversary of Luke's death, he's begun a petition calling for changes to the driving test, that he believes could halve the number of deaths on the UK's roads.

We'll have the second of our reports focusing on road safety in the region on Lookaround tonight at 6pm.

Road safety - your views

This week on ITV Border we're exploring the issue of road safety in our region. As well as hearing from people calling for the driving test, we're also going to have tips for drivers and hear from experts. But we want your views too.

Have you any stories or ideas about how we can make our roads safer? Email us or tweet us @itvborder or contact our reporter @hannahmcitv We'll read out some of your views later in the week.

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