Welsh car insurance owners drive safer

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

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Deaths and injuries sustained by car insurance customers on Welsh roads have fallen to their lowest level for five decades, according to new statistics.

There were 7,126 accidents that resulted in injury in 2009, which is 658 less than in 2008.

Just over 1,000 were serious injuries, with these incidents declining by 13 per cent compared to the previous year.

Ieuan Wyn Jones, Welsh Assembly deputy first minister, underlined the significance of these figures, which are the lowest since records began in 1968.

He said: "I believe it is only right to pay tribute to all the organisations involved in road safety who have contributed to this success.

"The Welsh Assembly Government will continue to work in partnership with local authorities, the police, the fire and rescue service and road safety organisations to highlight the importance of road safety and to remind all road users of their responsibilities to themselves and others."

The British government is being urged to maintain its spending on road safety measures by a number of motoring organisations, in order to sustain the decline in road deaths.

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