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Road death number hits record low in the Thames Valley

The number of people killed on roads in the Thames Valley has fallen by 53% in the past 10 years.

Last year 173 people died on the region's roads, which is the lowest figure on record, the Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership said.

About 8,000 people were injured, down by 31%, and the number of children injured dropped by 44%.

The number of serious collisions involving excessive speed is 58% lower than it was in 2000.

Richard Owen, partnership operations manager, said: "There are many things that are contributing to safer roads, things like better road and vehicle design should certainly not be overlooked, but we have seen a cultural shift in the speeds that people drive at particularly in our towns and cities.

"The role of enforcement and education has undoubtedly changed the way we use the roads and made them safer for local communities."

Last week during its spending cuts the government announced it was reducing funding for road safety by 40%.

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