Hillingdon Council Claim The Borough Has The Safest London Roads Contrary To New Statistics

Recent statistics from TfL have revealed the London boroughs that had the highest number of serious and fatal car casualties in 2018.

In 2018, TfL reported that Hillingdon borough had the 14th highest amount of car crashes with 125 incidents reported. Westminster borough had the most accidents with 272, while Kingston borough had the least amount of accidents with 55.

Councillor Keith Burrows (Conservative, Uxbridge South), Cabinet member for Planning, Transportation and Recycling denied claims that Hillingdon borough has the 14th highest amount of car crashes. He said: “Hillingdon is the safest borough for motorists[s] where they are least likely to have an accident.

“This is the third year running that our roads have been the safest out of all the London boroughs.”

Cllr Keith Burrows cited statistics from NimbleFins.co.uk who have sourced data from the Department for Transport.

The Department for Transport defines a casualty as: “A person killed or injured in a reported accident on a public road.”

Between 2017 to 2018, the total number of people injured because of car casualties fell by 5% in inner London and 7% in outer London. However, from June 2017 to June 2018, there were 1,770 reported road deaths in the UK, according to the Department for Transport.

Colin Hazeley, Information Manager at the Metropolitan Police, said: “Drivers in London are being encouraged to take time and ensure their vehicle is ready for the road this winter.

“Officers are carrying out a range of educational and enforcement activities to highlight the dangers faced at this time of year including driving in the dark and in adverse weather conditions.”

Mr Hazeley added that simple actions, such as clearing your windshield of ice before travelling, can reduce the likelihood of serious or potentially fatal collisions from occurring.

In previous years, the UK has had seven deaths per 100,000 people – this has been reduced to 2.8 deaths per 100,000 people.

For more information on road accidents and safety statistics, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/road-accidents-and-safety-statistics

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