Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Study Says North East Safest for Motorists

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Study Says North East Safest for Motorists

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Byline: Robert Weatherall

THE North East is the safest place in the UK for motorists, a new study claims.

Drivers and passengers in the region are less likely to be involved in a fatal road traffic collision than anywhere else in the country.

The Institute of Advanced Moto1rists released the data, analysing figures from all the English regions along with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The expert motoring group looked at the number of fatal incidents on the roads per 100,000 people.

In the UK, an average 3.8 people died per 100,000.

However, in the North East that figure was only 2.8 per 100,000 - significantly lower than anywhere else.

The worst place in the UK to be involved in a road traffic collision is Northern Ireland where 6.4 people per 100,000 suffer fatal injuries.

IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said: "While the UK is now top of the European road safety league, the risk of being killed on UK roads varies considerably around the country. …

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