Suffolk: Number of deaths on counties road now more than in the whole of last year

Daniel Casteleiro Daniel Casteleiro

Monday, August 25, 2014
6:00 AM

More people have died on the county’s roads so far this year than in the whole of 2013.

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Two fatal crashes on Saturday took the total number of road deaths this year to at least 26 with just over four months of 2014 left.

Last year in Suffolk a total of 25 people died as a result of traffic collisions.

On Saturday morning Daniel Casteleiro from Lowestoft died when his Renault Clio overturned on Parkhill in Oulton.

That evening a second man, who has not yet been named, died when the Ford Fiesta he was driving left the road in Letheringham and ended up in a field just after 6pm.

A tribute released by Mr Casteleiro’s family yesterday described him as a man who “had a heart of gold but wore it on his sleeve”.

“Daniel’s world revolved around his work and his family, who would hear the tales every evening of what he had done during the day. He was so proud of his achievements,” the tribute read.

“Daniel loved everyone, he was so honest and loyal, such a trustworthy young man.”

Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said measures to reduce the number of road deaths in the county would be “top of the agenda” at a forthcoming meeting of Suffolk Roadsafe partnership on September 4.

“This is becoming a major problem in Suffolk and we have to confront it collectively and as a matter of urgency if we are to maintain our reputation as a safe county to travel in,” he said.

Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Hamlin said: “It is extremely upsetting that two people have lost their lives on the county’s roads this weekend. Our thoughts go to the families of the deceased and to all those involved in the incidents.

“Any collision involving injury or the loss of life is tragic and every effort goes into investigating how it has happened.

“The causes of these collisions vary widely and police and other partners spend considerable time to try and make sense of why they have occurred, and to identify any areas where we can take steps to prevent and reduce future incidents.

“Collision data informs the deployment of our Roads Policing officers who monitor our roads as well as responding to emergency incidents. We will continue to work with our partners to make the county’s roads as safe as we can through the promotion of road safety and the deployment of specialist officers.”

9 comments

  • Agree with previous commenters that tying together these two stories in the same article was maybe not a wise choice. So notwithstanding the intense personal grief felt by those who have lost loved ones - can someone please explain to Mr Passmore the concept of "regression to the mean"? Forming road safety policy on the basis of one isolated data point is nonsense, particularly when the numbers involved are (thankfully) relatively small. If the long-term trend is flat, then inevitably we will see a reduction in deaths following an unusually high value. But Passmore will say "something must be done", something will be done, there are fewer road deaths next year, and everyone pats themselves on the back in the mistaken belief that their interventions have made the slightest bit of difference. [P.S. Archant: is it asking too much for your comments system to accept line breaks?]

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    Origami Penguin

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Sadly the reality is that the politicians under fund those that can positively impact on these terrible figures it doesn't take a genius to work out that if you reduce Police numbers then these terrible accidents will simply continue and yes you guessed it, they will become more frequent with the Governments false economy of reducing everything other than their pay packets

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    Norfolkboy

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • It's a shame the Star has mixed reporting of the sad news of two specific fatalities with a more general piece on fatal accidents in Suffolk, making it difficult to comment. My comment is on the general part of this article: Sadly given the dreadful standards of driving and riding we all see on a daily basis there seems to be little in the way of a traffic police presence on our roads. The Asst. Chief Constable said "The causes of these collisions vary widely and police and other partners spend considerable time to try and make sense of why they have occurred, and to identify any areas where we can take steps to prevent and reduce future incidents." but until these findings are published here, the same place as the accidents are reported, people will go on believing all of them are unavoidable and there is nothing they can do to prevent them happening.

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    On Two Wheels

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • Bearing in mind it is difficult to find any road in Suffolk without a 50mph speed limit or less, motorists are probably concentrating on their speedometer reading rather than the road!

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    G C

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • Is it possible that government pressure via taxation to change to smaller cars has a bearing on this? If there is a traffic incident I’d rather be in a big car than a small one. If so, just how many extra deaths have been caused by the pursuit of emission reduction? Another example of unintended consequences.

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    gavin jones

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • What Constabulary is Sarah Hablin in ? Not Suffolk and therein lies a problem !

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    Poppys Dad

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • "Number of deaths on counties road ". Clearly Archant is employing "journalists" who failed GCSE English.

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    beerlover

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • Poppy's Dad has a point, there are so few "traffic officers" these days that Suffolk Police now share a road policing unit with - you guessed it, Norfolk. At a recent public meeting, the Chief Constable seemed to accept there were shortages and was considering (re)opening a road policing unit in the north of the county. On the sad subject of fatal and serious accidents, there seems to be a lot of single vehicle accidents of late.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Monday, August 25, 2014

  • Ask the PCC for the numbers of Roads Policing Officers in Suffolk for the last 5 years and then see if they are serious about Road Safety . Too much emphasis on speeding too and the use of the Speed Camera Vans !

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    Poppys Dad

    Monday, August 25, 2014

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