FEWER pedestrians are being killed or seriously injured on West Yorkshire's roads.
New figures show an average of 152 fewer pedestrians were killed or seriously injured on the county's roads each year over the past five years.
The average fell from 525 between 1994 and 1998 to 373 between 2002 and 2003.
Mr Philip Gwynne, head of communications for the West Yorkshire Casualty Reduction Partnership, said the decrease was due to a team effort by the police, local authorities, health workers and magistrates courts.
He said: "Because we are a partnership we have started to prioritise road safety initiatives, including areas of highest need."
"Engineering, highway improvements, road safety education and enforcement by the police have all helped to make the roads safer for pedestrians."
He said areas of deprivation saw the highest level of accidents.
These were being targeted for road safety education campaigns in schools and community groups such as those for the elderly and people with disabilities.
The partnership is also responsible for siting speed cameras.
He said: "It is possible that the cameras may have played some small part in reducing the number of pedestrian casualties."
The partnership is based in Bradford. It was formed in 2002 to cut pedestrian casualties in West Yorkshire.
The Department of Transport has set the partnership a target of cutting the 1994-8 figure by 40% to 315 by 2005. And by 2010, figures have to be slashed by half.
Simon Collister, communications officer for the Huddersfield- based road safety charity Brake said: "We strongly welcome news that the number of people killed or injured on West Yorkshire's roads has fallen."
He said they were concerned about reducing the number of accidents involving the vulnerable, including the elderly and the young.
"The UK has the 4th worst record for child pedestrian death rates in Western Europe.
"It is essential that the government tackles this problem."