A total of 15 people lost their lives on roads in the Staffordshire Moorlands parliamentary constituency over a five year period – new figures show.
There were 89 serious injuries over that period, while 868 people suffered slight injuries in crashes on the area’s roads.
This equates to someone being killed or injured on the area’s roads once every 1.87 days.
As such they don’t include collisions in any of the Cheadle council wards, the Checkley ward or Forsbrook ward – which are part of the Stone constituency. They do however include figures from the Newchapel Ward of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough.
More than a third of the deaths, a total of six, took place in 2017 while three were reported in 2018.
Meanwhile 2016 was the year with the most serious injuries – with a total of 27 reported over that period.
In terms of minor injuries there were 230 in 2015, the highest figure of the years covered by the Department for Transport data.
Staffordshire Police are currently carrying out Operation Lightning – with the aim of making the roads of the county safer.
During operations in the Moorlands on Friday they:
The operation is being run alongside the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG), Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership and the Community Speed Watch Scheme.
Speaking on behalf of the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership, David Williams, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways at Staffordshire County Council said: “Keeping our roads safe remains a top priority for us and our roads continue to be amongst the safest in the country.
“Over the past few months, because of lockdown and travel restrictions due to Coronavirus, we have seen much less traffic on the roads. But with traffic set to return to more usual levels, we are keen to remind drivers to use the roads responsibly.
“We are determined to make Staffordshire’s roads even safer through a mix of education, enforcement and awareness raising and will continue to work closely with our partners and local communities to achieve this.”
Chief Superintendent Elliott Sharrard-Williams, Head of Staffordshire Police’s Operational Support Directorate, said: “Operation Lightning runs throughout the year, but this intensification will help us to tackle criminality on our roads and work to prevent serious road traffic accidents, protecting local communities from harm and building on the crime decrease we have seen through the Covid pandemic.
“After the three weeks of intensive action, it doesn’t just end there. Roads policing is one of the areas that has benefited from additional investment as a result of the precept increase.
“The force has set up a dedicated roads policing capability to enhance existing capabilities through increased enforcement and the use of new technologies such as drones and off-road bikes. This is in addition to the extensive education programmes delivered by our partners in the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership.