CUMBRIA and Lancashire are among the worst counties in the country for the number of people killed or seriously injured on their roads.

Lancashire sat at the bottom of the table while Cumbria was found to have performed third worst, when figures for 2013 were compared with the previous year.

Last year Lancashire had 72 more serious incidents, while Cumbria’s roads saw an increase of 43 incidents.

Simon Best, chief executive of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, which pulled together the figures, said: “Figures will always vary from year to year but the wide variations do suggest that some councils are much better at putting measures in place that are having a marked difference in reducing the numbers of deaths and serious injuries on their roads.

“As the economy improves, spending on road safety must be seen as a priority across the whole of the UK with clear strategies in place to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads. Even one death or injured person on our roads is one too many.”