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Accident Hot Spot is “Safety Town” 2007-12-18

Posted by clype in Statistics.
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Slough in Berkshire, which was one of the first to model itself as a ‘safety town’ and which is ringed by traffic lights and speed cameras, topped a most-accident table compiled by Endsleigh Insurance Services.

As the most dangerous place in the UK, the Berkshire town had an accident rate 35.7 per cent above the national average in 2007, Endsleigh said.

Slough’s safety promotions go back to the 1960s when it introduced lights timed to be on green so long as drivers stuck to the speed limit. In recent years, the number of lights encircling the town and its industrial estate have grown.

After Slough, Ilford in east London had the most accidents (35.5 per cent above the national average), with Birmingham third (32.9 per cent above).

  • The most accident-free town or city was Belfast (47.0 per cent below the national average), with Swansea (29.9 per cent below) in second place and Aberdeen (20.6 per cent below) third.

Hull was the place with the most vehicle thefts in 2007, being 143.9 per cent above the national average. Second was Nottingham (82.9 per cent above the national average), with Leeds third (77.8 per cent above).

Endsleigh said that overall, it had seen a 13 per cent fall in motor theft claims across the UK in the last three years.

Swindon had 42.9 per cent fewer cases of theft than the national average, with Norwich (42.3 per cent below the average) and Dundee (38.9 per cent below) also comparatively crime-free areas.

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