‘Be safe when you drive’ warning as deaths rise

Cars parked on Stamford Road, Oakham, on Thursday morning - there were more than 30 cars between the Welcome to Oakham sign and the no parking cones near the corner
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Cars parked on Stamford Road, Oakham, on Thursday morning - there were more than 30 cars between the Welcome to Oakham sign and the no parking cones near the corner Photo: SM031111-173js

Road safety chiefs are urging people to be careful when they get behind the wheel as it’s revealed that the number of people who have died on the county’s roads so far this year is higher than the same time last year.

Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership said that since the start of the year, the county’s roads have claimed the lives of 12 people - compared to three at this time last year.

John Siddle is communications manager for the organisation, which was formed to try and reduce the number of people killed in road traffic accidents.

He said three of those killed are under 24-years-old and fall into the partnership’s young drivers category.

There are also 24 investigations underway for those that have suffered serious injury, as well as numerous non-injury incidents which Mr Siddle warned “could easily have been more serious”.

He said: “Whilst we cannot make comment on those incidents that are under investigation, it is becoming clear that we are suffering a similar amount of incidents and casualties that came about at the turn of the century when 104 people died on our roads in 1999 (also 2003).

“The causation factors then were travelling too fast for the conditions as well as speed, travelling too close to the vehicle in front, not allowing enough time for the journey. The list goes on.”

He has issued some safety advice to try and prevent accidents taking place.

l Check your vehicle to make sure it is fit for the road.

l Check your tyres are correctly inflated and legally within tread depth.

l Give yourself enough time to reach your destination without speeding.

l Do not get distracted especially by using your phone.

l Clear the frost or snow from your car fully and allow time for this in the morning so you are not rushing.

l Use your headlights if the sun is behind you. Keep a good distance from the car in front.

l Wear your seatbelt and do not drink, or take drugs, and drive.

Locally, motorcyclist David Thorp, 22, of Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, was killed in an accident at Colsterworth on January 28, while Aaron Trotman, of Kingston-Upon-Thames, 19, was killed in an accident at Toft on January 12.

Mr Siddle’s warning comes in the same week that a Freedom of Information request by BBC Radio 5 Live revealed that 114 motorists were caught by Lincolnshire Police in 2014/15 for travelling at more than 100mph. The top speed was 131mph.