17 fatalities on Dorset's roads this year

17 fatalities on Dorset's roads this year

Published by Maria Greenwood at 9:46am 25th September 2019. (Updated at 11:16am 25th September 2019)

Fatalities on Dorset roads have now risen to 17 this year – more in seven months than in the whole of last year.

But despite the rising death toll the number of people seriously injured in road accidents has continued to fall.

The police and crime panel heard on Tuesday that those at increased risk included older drivers, many of them so-called ‘silver bikers’ who take to two wheels in their later years.

Accident scene

Police and crime commissioner Martyn Underhill says a number of courses are targeting the age group with sessions on staying safe also available for older car drivers and those who use mobility scooters.

The commissioner, who has recently undergone an operation, admitted that he would be amongst the recruits to a mobility scooter course starting in the first week of October. He said:

"We need to educate people on mobility scooters.

There is more of them getting injured."

His other targets to improve road safety include more drug testing, with annual figures now approaching 1,000 and lobbying the government to lower the drink-drive limit.

By Trevor Bevins, Local Democracy Reporter