ROAD casualties in Cumbria have dropped to a record low.

The latest figures released by the Cumbria Road Safety Partnership (CRSP) have revealed those killed or injured on Cumbria’s roads has fallen 20 per cent in the last five years – and is at a record low since 2000, when monitoring began.

There were 1,629 casualties in 2013 compared to 2,029 in 2009. The number of fatalities is also at its lowest level since 2010, but dropping only by two from 30 to 28 annually.

Coun Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways and Transport, said: “The Cumbria Road Safety Partnership has been working hard on a number of fronts to make the county’s roads safer.

“It is heartening to see this work bearing the fruits in terms of a major reduction in the number of casualties on our roads.”

The CRSP, led by Cumbria County Council, is a group of organisations that work together to reduce the number of road casualties.

Their work includes the enforcement of traffic legislation, education and training, investing in engineering measures and carrying out a programme of publicity.

“Ultimately, road users need to take responsibility for their own behaviour by driving at the correct speed, not taking risks, being fit to drive and staying attentive at all times,” Coun Little added.

For more information on the work of the Cumbria Road Safety Partnership visit