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Huge drop in crashes across north Kent, but accident hotspots still cause problems

PUBLISHED: 09:38 04 August 2011 | UPDATED: 09:52 04 August 2011

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»Deaths and serious injuries have been reduced across north Kent roads, with only one crash hotspot seeing an increase.

Kent and Medway Safety Camera Partnership say Gravesham has seen an 87 per cent reduction, down from 30 in the three years, prior to safety cameras being installed, to four between 2008 and 2010.

In Dartford the figure has dropped by nearly 65 per cent, down from 57 in the three years to 20 in the same period.

Despite this one hotspot in Princes Road, Dartford, has stayed the same while another, on the same road, has risen from two to three, prompting a fresh campaign to raise awareness about the casualty hotspots.

Spokeswoman Katherine Barrett said: “Information boards will be going up at fixed camera sites in Gravesham, Dartford and across Kent clearly showing how many lives have been saved and serious injuries prevented at each site.

“Unfortunately, there are still some areas where drivers are failing to heed speed warnings, and where fatal or serious injuries have remained the same or slightly increased – Princes Road being one example.

“We will continue to review the effectiveness of cameras at these sites and look at other ways of reducing speeds and casualties.”

Cameras are installed at locations because of their history of speed-related crashes in which people have died or been badly injured.

Gravesham has four and Dartford 11.

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