Road deaths rise by more than a third

Figures show there were 21 more road deaths than in 2013
Figures show there were 21 more road deaths than in 2013

A police boss is ‘exceptionally disappointed’ with figures showing deaths on our roads have risen by more than a third.

Stats released by Thames Valley Police show 78 people died in 72 crashes across the force’s region, including 32 deaths in Bucks.

This is an increase from 2013, when 57 people died in 55 collisions.

Head of roads policing, chief inspector Henry Parsons, said: “The rise in fatal collisions across the Thames Valley is exceptionally disappointing with each fatality causing untold misery and distress to the loved ones of the people who died.

“Each statistic represents a family which has lost someone in sudden and tragic circumstances and our thoughts remain with families affected in this way.

“The causes of the collisions are varied, with many still under investigation.

“Some of these involve criminal investigations for causing death by dangerous driving or death by careless driving.

“We will continue to deliver targeted enforcement to reduce the risks of collisions.

“In addition we will continue to deliver innovative, appropriate, alternatives to prosecution as well as our ‘Safe Drive, Stay Alive’ package aimed at young people and our ‘Bike Safe’ campaign for motorcyclists.”