HUNDREDS of pedestrians across the borough have been injured in a road incident over the last year, shocking new figures reveal.
Statistics show almost 448 people in the borough have needed hospital treatment following road collisions in 2014.
We are committed to making Wigan borough a safe place for motorists and pedestrians and through schemes like our 20mph residential speed limits and by educating the public about road safety we hope to reduce these figures even furtherPaul Barton
Four were killed with another 60 having to be treated for life-threatening injuries.
More than 70 of the collisions were due to the loss of control of a vehicle, swerving, sudden braking, misleading signals or a poor turn by the driver. Whereas 15 incidents were due to the driver’s excessive speeding.
And 17 of these incidents were caused when the driver of the vehicle was under the influence of alcohol or illicit or medicinal drug use.
Police can record up to six contributory factors from a list of 77 for each incident to explain why they think a crash took place but the top two give the most obvious reasons for the incident.
Now, Wigan Council have vowed to pursue safety measures on Wigan’s roads in a bid to clamp down on collisions.
Paul Barton, interim assistant director for operational services at Wigan Council, said: “Figures released in September showed that Wigan Borough has the second least dangerous roads, after the Isles of Scilly.
“We are committed to making Wigan borough a safe place for motorists and pedestrians and through schemes like our 20mph residential speed limits and by educating the public about road safety we hope to reduce these figures even further.”
Recently the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) called for greater focus on pedestrian protection after it revealed that nearly 18,000 UK pedestrians were injured in an accident involving a vehicle last year.
Sarah Sillars, IAM chief executive officer, added: “Pedestrian fatalities are rising faster than any other group right now so it is vital that drivers are more sympathetic and aware of pedestrians when they make their journeys. There is no need to blame any party when it comes to how to reduce the numbers of people killed and injured on our roads – all road users need to look out for each other and ensure we minimise the impact of our own and others unpredictable behaviour.”