A SHOCKING ‘crash map’ has revealed 14 people die on the roads in Kirklees each year.
Research compiled from 12 years of police accident data shows 170 people lost their lives on roads around Huddersfield between 1999 and 2010.
In comparison, Calderdale suffered 40% fewer fatalities (103) while Wakefield incurred about 30% more (213) than Kirklees.
Leeds has a massive 408 fatalities, almost double that of Manchester’s 222.
In all there were 36,371 people killed on Britain’s roads during the period.
The interactive map, available on the BBC website, gives details of the road, the time and date, weather conditions, type of vehicle and the information about the victims.
The map is a grim reminder of some of Kirklees most horrific road accidents.
On March 5, 2003 a four-year-old boy was killed after his bike was hit by a car near Leeds Road retail park.
A bus crash at Bradford Road in Fartown on September 26, 2006 saw one 82-year-old man die and more than 30 people injured, three of them seriously, after the X6 service careered off the road at Fartown into someone’s garden.
Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman, who was a key player in the introduction of seatbelt laws in the early 1980s , said: “People are getting very complacent because we’ve cut road deaths since the introduction of seatbelt legislation and motorcycle training.
“We’ve made Britain one of the safest places in which to drive or be a pedestrian in the world.
“But even the levels we’ve seen from these ghastly figures, it’s still a terrible thing and a loss of life that’s totally avoidable.”
Mr Sheerman said road deaths could be reduced further by new targets, extra training, new legislation and improving the most dangerous roads.
He added: “The vulnerable people are those on two wheels and two legs.
“Children and cyclists are the most vulnerable. We know who’s most likely to have an accident but we need to keep working at it.
“When we did all those seatbelt adverts with Jimmy Savile it improved compliance to about 30%.
“But we brought in the legislation and it went to 90%. It saved tens of thousands of lives.
“We’ve got all these people trying to bring in a higher speed limit on the motorway but we know that speed kills.
“We need to get targets again. The present government is giving up on targets but my target is to have zero road deaths.”
Martin Howard, spokesman for Huddersfield-based road safety charity Brake, said: “This crash map highlights the appalling number of preventable road deaths in Kirklees in the last decade.
“Many will have involved risk taking behaviour such as speeding, drink and drug driving or distraction.
“As we approach Christmas, Brake is calling on all drivers to make a personal pledge to never take risks at the wheel.
“By making this commitment to driving safely at all times, we can all help to save lives by preventing these terrible crashes on our roads, which cause untold devastation to families and communities”.