The number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads continued to fall despite speed cameras being stripped out throughout the country, according to the latest government figures.
The Department for Transport latest statistics show that deaths dropped by 10% to 1,870 for the 12 months ending in March 2011.
Over the same period, the number of people killed and seriously injured fell to 24,770, a decline of 5%.
There was a 35% reduction in people killed in drink-drive accidents, with 250 deaths compared with 380 in 2009.
The apparent improvement in road safety will hearten ministers, who had been attacked for withdrawing funds for speed cameras and safety campaigns.
Source: Daily Telegraph 5 August 2011