Number of serious crash injuries higher in Jersey than UK

The number of people killed or seriously injured in road crashes in Jersey is 39% higher than in the UK.

Dave St George, head of Transport Policy in Jersey, said the figures showed the island "urgently needed to invest" in improving road safety.

He said the figures were based on 2009 to 2011 and were the average rate of people killed or seriously injured.

In the UK it was 4.21 per 10,000 people and in Jersey it was 5.85 in every 10,000 of the population.

Mr St George said his department was working on a new road safety policy which would tackle issues such as education, road engineering and more enforcement.

He said: "We have got quite busy roads but we have also got lower speed limits than the UK.

"I think the fact that our accident rate is 39% higher for serious injuries than the UK is really poor."

Mr St George said Jersey's accident rate dropped significantly in the 70s and 80s but for the last decade it had not improved. However, in the UK and France it had been "dramatically improving".

He said the UK and France had invested more in road safety than Jersey had.

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