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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 number of serious casualties were rising between 2012 and 2017 but have since started to fall slightly in 2018 and 2019.

The majority of those involved in collisions are local drivers – whether they are blameworthy or victim – and around 80% of collisions involved actions related to the driver or rider. Road traffic collisions are by their nature complex events – but our annual 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:

  • failing to look properly
  • failing to judges another’s path or speed
  • being careless, reckless or in a hurry
  • losing control
  • 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.

Contact a Safer Travel Officer for a road safety issue


Tel: 0345 155 1004

Contact a Highways Officer for a highways issue


Tel: 0345 155 1004

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.

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