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A new system which aims to improve road safety could be extended to West Norfolk under plans to be considered next week.

Officials say a trial of the Safe System approach on a notoriously dangerous section of road has dramatically reduced incidents there.

And a report due to be debated by Norfolk County Council's communities committee next Wednesday, November 7, is calling for the authority to extend the system across the county in partnership with other agencies.

The authority says that, on average, 34 people are killed or seriously injured on Norfolk's roads every month.

And they say the scale of the toll shows the limitations of current approaches to road safety.

Committee chairman Margaret Dewsbury said: “The current approach has not produced the results we need here in Norfolk so we are keen to try something new.

“Safe Systems is recognised globally as being the forefront of road safety.”

The idea has been put forward following the formation of a special task group to look into road safety issues earlier this year.

Officials say the scheme acknowledges that drivers will make mistakes when behind the wheel and aims to improve safety in four main areas: road use, vehicles, speeds and finding ways of making routes safer.

One of the recommendations included in the report is to scrap the signs which are used to give monthly data on the numbers of people killed and seriously injured in crashes across the county.

Instead, a system of monitoring casualties in different areas is being proposed, featuring data from several agencies.

The system has been trialled on the A1151 between Norwich and Wroxham for the past three years, with a number of safety measures including cameras, standardised signage and the provision of a near-side passing bay.

In that time, only six serious crashes have occurred, with one causing serious injury, compared with 59 in the period between 2008 and 2013, in which 20 people were either killed or seriously injured


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