‘Exceptional disappointment’ at rise in road deaths

Henry Parsons
Henry Parsons

A police boss is ‘exceptionally disappointed’ with figures showing deaths on our roads have risen by more than a third.

The stats, released by Thames Valley Police, show that 78 people died in 72 road traffic collisions across the force’s region, including 32 deaths in Bucks.

This is an increase on 2013 when 57 people died in 55 collisions (in Bucks there were 22 fatalities in 2013).

In February 17-year-old Laura Walden from Quainton, tragically died in a crash on the A41 in February, while in March Malcolm Tindall, 64, from Aylesbury and Carl Bird, 29, from High Wycombe, were killed in a crash on the A413 near Wendover.

Head of roads policing Ch Insp Henry Parsons said: “The rise in fatal collisions across the Thames Valley is exceptionally disappointing with each fatality causing untold misery and distress to the loved ones of the people who died.

“Each statistic represents a family which has lost someone in sudden and tragic circumstances and our thoughts remain with families affected in this way. “Specially-trained family liaison officers are appointed to provide support in these circumstances.

“The causes of the collisions are varied, with many still under investigation.

“Some of these involve criminal investigations for causing death by dangerous driving or death by careless driving.

“Our team works in partnership with local authorities and other emergency services to improve road safety.

“We will continue to deliver targeted enforcement to reduce the risks of collisions.

“In addition we will continue to deliver innovative, appropriate, alternatives to prosecution as well as our ‘Safe Drive, Stay Alive’ package aimed at young people and our ‘Bike Safe’ campaign for motorcyclists.”