THE number of people killed on Kirklees roads last year has more than halved.
Latest figures show that in 2010 nine people were killed on the district’s roads compared with 22 the previous year.
The number seriously injured in the district has also dropped by nearly 15% from 160 to 137 in the same period.
In West Yorkshire last year 58 people were killed and 836 were injured.
But despite the decrease Huddersfield-based road safety charity Brake says more can be done to reduce the numbers further.
The figures, released by The Department for Transport in their Road Casualties Great Britain report, come as a new survey found that almost one in three drivers send text messages while at the wheel.
And 8% text-and-drive at least once a week, based on responses from 841 drivers.
Brake campaigns director Julie Townsend said: “People who text, use the web or social networking when driving are taking enormous risks with their own and other people’s lives.
“This kind of irresponsible behaviour is illegal and it kills, so there should be no excuses.
“We are concerned that the increasing uptake of this technology could lead to more crashes and casualties caused by distracted drivers, as is happening in the US.
“It is vital that the Government acts now to prevent an upsurge in distracted driving and it’s vital that drivers listen to these warnings and make a pledge to never use their phone when driving.”
Government watchdog Ofcom blames the increase of smartphone addiction in the UK by users who are unable to go long without checking their phone.
Another survey today, from the RAC, showed that 48% of 18 to 24-year-olds used their phone while driving.
The volume of mobile data transferred over the UK’s mobile networks increased 40-fold between 2007 and 2010.
The charity said further research had shown texting at the wheel can make drivers 23 times more likely to cause a crash and that using a phone to email or surf the web also causes serious distractions.
RAC motoring strategist Adrian Tink said: “A driver using a hand-held mobile phone is still an all-too-common sight, and one that appears to be getting worse.”