MORE than 800 people were killed or injured on Calderdale’s roads last year.
The number of those injured was put at 831, an increase of 43 compared with 2008.
Now the council has launched a campaign to highlight the dangers on the roads.
The ‘Your car – Don’t use it as a weapon’ campaign is aiming to make drivers think about the danger their vehicle poses to other road users.
The campaign is backed by the police, fire service and NHS – all involved in dealing with car accidents.
Figures show that of the 831, 711 people received slight injuries – up by 28 – and 527 of those were car occupants.
And it’s been revealed that the cost to the local economy in dealing with such incidents in Calderdale is estimated to be over £62 million, according to the Department for Transport.
Kate Marsh, Calderdale’s Deputy Road Safety Officer, said: “With nearly three out of every four collisions involving injury to a car occupant it is really important that we understand the causes behind these collisions.
“When it comes to avoiding a collision, asking drivers to use the appropriate speed for the conditions is probably the most common sense advice road safety professionals can offer.”
There have been many calls for action to make the roads safer.
In Brighouse, for example, there is not a single speed camera in the town, even though many main roads leading from other areas into the town have them.
Figures recently released from the Accident Studies Centre in Leeds, show that the most common causes of car collisions in Calderdale are:
1 Failure to look properly
2 Failure to judge other person’s path or speed
3 Poor turn or manoeuvre
4 Too fast for conditions
5 Following too close
6 Loss of control
7 Sudden braking
8 Careless, reckless or in a hurry
9 Exceeding speed limit
10 Slippery road due to weather