More than 140 people were hurt and two died in road accidents in the Driffield area over the past five years, shock figures have revealed.
Records show a total of 99 personal injury collisions resulting in 146 casualties, including two fatalities - an average of almost 20 a year.
And there was a “greater than expected” incidence of “vulnerable road user casualties” including 19 pedestrians, 14 pedal cyclists and 24 people on two wheel vehicles such as motorbikes and mopeds.
The figures were revealed by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council in a draft Driffield Transport Strategy document which, among its aims, seeks to determine “collision clusters and road safety issues.”
As a result of the detailed road casualty analysis, an extension of the existing 20mph town centre zone is planned, along with a number of education, training and publicity campaigns aimed at reducing the incidence of biker casualties within the town.
Casualty figures over the past five within the Driffield urban area, which includes the Kelleythorpe Industrial Estate, show two fatalities, 28 serious injuries and 116 people slightly hurt.
Accident hot spots include the A614, with 33 personal injury collisions, Middle Street, with 13, the B1249, with nine, Exchange Street and Bridlington Road with eight and Mill Street, St John’s Road and Westgate junction with five.
ERYC says that the detailed collision appraisal identified that there is potential to reduce the previous level of personal injury collisions within Drifield by:
l Extending the existing 20mph zone to include Mill Street and St John’s Road junctions, including adjacent parts of Westgate, Middle Street North, Adelphi Street and George Street.
l Implementing publicity and enforcement campaigns targeting bikers, particularly on the A614.
As part of the consultation process, Dave England, area engineer with ERYC, suggested that there was often confusion at the Mill Street, St John’s Road junction.
“An improvement to the existing situation would be the closure of the Mill Street car park access, as the exit on to St John’s Road is large enough to accommodate two way traffic.
“Also, if future funding became available, proposals to pedestrianise Mill Street between Westgate and Market Place should be considered.”