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Safe travel

Road safety

It is our vision that every route and every mode should be available to everybody, free from the risk or fear of harm.

The collision and casualty picture for Devon over the last ten years presents a mixed message. On the whole casualty numbers are decreasing over time, mainly driven by a consistent reduction in slight injury collisions. The majority of those involved in collisions are local drivers whether they are blameworthy or victim and around 81% of collisions involved actions related to human error. Road traffic collisions are, by their nature, complex events, but our annual data reports continue to indicate that changes in behaviour by those of us who live, work and travel in Devon can make a significant contribution to reducing the human and economic toll described in these pages.

The most common errors, lapses or violations that precede a collision are shown in the dashboard-style report below. The most common being failing to look properly, failing to judge another’s path or speed, being careless, reckless or in a hurry, losing control and travelling too fast for the conditions.

For more information on collision trends see our collision data pages.

Whatever mode of travel we usually use, each of us can see an opportunity to improve our approach to such a brief and commonplace list. If we want to make that change then there is nothing to stop us – and we can start today.

Partnership working

In order to achieve its goals, Devon County Council works in partnership with public, private, third sector organisations and directly with the community.

We are part of the Vision Zero South West partnership and as a collective working together to reduce fatal and serious road casualties in the Devon & Cornwall area.

Photo of people waving who are a partnership of public, private and third sector organisations who work together for road safety.

We take accessibility seriously and have incorporated accessibility functionality to our power BI dashboard style reports to allow content to be as accessible as possible. If you find some of the information not accessible, need guidance or an alternative format email with details of any preferred format and the assistive technology you use.