More than 150 died on Yorkshire’sroads last year

THERE were 158 people killed on the roads in Yorkshire last year, according to new Government figures published today.

New figures show the number of fatal incidents on Yorkshire's roads.

This was a slight drop on 2013 when 165 people died on the region’s roads.

The Department for Transport statistics show that 81 of the fatal accidents in the region in 2014 happened in “non built up areas.”

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There were six deaths on the motorway, 25 deaths on A roads in built up areas and another 50 on A roads in non built up areas.

There were 144 deaths on Yorkshire roads in 2012, 173 in 2011 and 170 in 2010.

Figures also suggest the daily commute is getting more dangerous for road users in Britain.

Deaths and injuries during the two-hour periods from 8am and 4pm in 2014 rose by five per cent compared with the previous year.

There were 23,191 casualties in the morning rush hour and 33,435 in the evening peak. The biggest rise in people killed was between 4am and 6am, up by over a third (38 per cent) to 87.

Transport minister Andrew Jones said: “Britain continues to have some of the safest roads in the world. In 2013 fewer people died on British roads than at any point since records began and last year was the third lowest total on record. There were also 45 per cent fewer fatalities in 2014 than a decade ago.

“But behind every statistic is a personal tragedy so we are determined to do more.”

“Thanks to new laws, police now have tougher powers to tackle drink and drug-driving and there are increased penalties for speeding and for using a mobile phone at the wheel.”