The death and serious injury toll on Cambridgeshire's roads is rising – and today the News can reveal the makes of vehicles involved.
Data released by Cambridgeshire police using freedom of information laws has detailed the makes of cars involved in fatal crashes and collisions which led to an injury.
It comes after it was revealed in a report to Cambridgeshire County Council's highways committee that the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) increased 21 per cent from 286 in 2015 to 347 in 2016.
This has further increased in 2017 with the latest available 12-month total to the end of July 2017 being 412 people killed or seriously injured – 44 per cent higher than in 2015.
And while modern cars are safer than ever, we are never completely secure on the road.
Features such as anti-lock brakes (ABS) and electronic stability programmes (ESP) as well as police campaigns encouraging people to wear seatbelts and to stop using their mobile phones have contributed to safety.
The way to measure a car’s safety is dictated by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP). The independent organisation performs crash tests on the vast majority of cars sold in the UK.
What the RAC Foundation says
But Philip Gomm, of the RAC Foundation, says that until we have driverless cars, human error and not the vehicle, is the major factor in accidents.
He said: "It is unsurprising Ford is so heavily represented in the figures as the company regularly sells the most cars in the UK.
"What all the vehicles have in common is that they are controlled by humans and whilst most of us think we are good drivers, really we are the weak link.
"One day motorists might become redundant when cars drive themselves, but until then the accident statistics will be a reflection more of a car’s occupants than the car itself, no matter who makes it."
What police say
Jon Morris, Cambridgeshire Police Road Safety Officer, said the 'Fatal Four' are the cause of many crashes.
He said: "It is not the make of the car that determines the safety of the journey but the person behind the wheel.
"The 'Fatal four' biggest causes of Road Traffic Collisions are; Inappropriate speed, using a mobile phone whilst driving, not wearing a seatbelt and drink/drug driving.
"Avoiding these irresponsible behaviours will help members of the public to reduce their risk of incident when travelling on the roads of Cambridgeshire."
The car crash data covers April 2016 to March 2017 and Ford came out on top in fatals as well as injury crashes.
Vehicles involved in fatal crashes – April 2016 – March 2017
Vehicles involved in injury crashes – April 2016 – March 2016
Vehicles involved in fatal crashes from April 2016-March 2017:
- Ford: 8
- Vauxhall: 7
- Ford Transit: 5
- Tractor: 4
- BMW, Audi, VW, Honda – three each
- Hyundi, Land Rover, Peugeot, Smart, Toyota, Jaguar – one each
Vehicles involved in injury crashes – April 2016 – March 2016:
- Ford: 420
- Peugeot: 185
- Mercedes: 152
- BMW: 127
- Honda: 122
- Citroen: 106
- Audi: 99
Ford Transit: 87
Audi crashes into home
An Audi ploughed into the front of a home on Wednesday night (March 14) on Haverhill Road, Horseheath.
Police say there were no casualties and no-one was injured, not even the driver of the car.
The vehicle, a blue Audi A6, was recovered for examination by police.
Officers from Cambridgeshire police say no arrests have yet been made, and the driver is currently facing no police action.
Hunt for Ford Transit hit-and-run driver
Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision on the A1307 on Saturday (March 10) where one of the drivers failed to stop.
The collision, which involved a Black Subaru Impreza and a blue Ford Transit, took place at about 3.45pm.
The Subaru left the road as a result of the collision and the driver received minor injuries. The driver of the Ford did not stop at the scene.
PC Doug McColm said: “I’d appeal directly to the driver of the Ford to get in touch as a matter of urgency.
"We’d also like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the vehicles in the build up to what happened. We’re particularly keen to see any dashcam footage that people may have."
Death after three-car crash
A man died after a collision between a Range Rover, a Kia and a Toyota on the A47 in Cambridgeshire near Wansford on February 27.
According to Cambridgeshire police, the man's vehicle was involved in two collisions on the same stretch of road just before the third crash.
The third collision had involved a Range Rover, a Kia and a Toyota, and the road had to be closed while emergency services responded.
Child and two adults injured in three-car crash
A nine-year-old boy as well as a man and a woman were seriously hurt in a three-car crash on the A505 on Monday (March 13).
Police officers investigating the serious crash on the A505 Royston bypass are appealing for witnesses.
The smash happened at around 5.25pm and three cars were involved – a red BMW 330, a black BMW X5 and a red Kia Rio.
A 31-year-old woman, a 31-year-old man and the boy were taken to hospital.
Emergency services were at the scene and the road was closed between the A1198 and the roundabout near Royston Heath and McDonald's.
VW Golf death
A man driving a Volkswagen Golf died following a collision on the A11 on Friday, February 2.
The driver of the vehicle, Adam Rahim, 37, of Brooks Road, Cambridge, died at the scene at Little Abington.