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More killed on Kent's roads than anywhere in the country

Road accident Barton Road, Dover
Road accident Barton Road, Dover

by Claire Gregory

More people were killed or injured on Kent's roads last year than in any other county in the UK.

New statistics from the Department for Transport reveal 61 people died on Kent routes in 2009 and a further 568 were seriously injured.

In total there were 6,106 casualties on Kent roads last year.

That compares with Surrey, which came second with 5,755 casualties - ahead of Lancashire, which recorded 5,390 casualties last year.

Charity RoadPeace says the figures may be high because of the density of traffic on our roads.

The charity's spokesman Ted Prangnell, who lives in Kennington, told Kentonline it could also be down to the attitude of many drivers:

"When we still had the police training college in Kennington, they'd had some visiting police up from Wales, and they had said they found the driving in Kent much more aggressive than it was in Wales".

He also suspects motorists are in too much of a hurry: "People are too impatient. We need to be less impatient, with more consideration for others. That is all part of driving carefully and reducing casualties."

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