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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

Over 65's offered free driving check

A new scheme which allows motorists aged 65 and over to check their driving skills for free, is taking place in Eden and South Lakeland.

The 'Drive Safely for Longer' scheme is part of National Road Safety Week.

The driving check-up consists of two informal drives accompanied by a local driving instructor, with the aim of refreshing driving skills and knowledge.

The sessions are free, and because it's not an actual driving test, no pass or fail is awarded.

Cumbria Road Safety Partnership are funding the courses, which will operate on a first-come, first served basis.

The £15,000 pilot scheme will accommodate around 250 drivers and will then be evaluated to see whether a wider rollout should take place in other parts of Cumbria.