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Motorists in south-east Northumberland need to understand the dangers the area's rural roads can potentially hold, it has been reported. Chief fire officer at Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service has commented on the potentially "tragic" consequences motorists risk when travelling along the country highways.
This mirrors the Department for Transport's campaign to make people aware that travelling on rural roads can be up to three times more dangerous than in urban areas. Indeed, it may be that choosing to travel down some paths in the area, particularly in a dangerous manner, sees drivers compromise their car insurance policies or dip into their pockets to avoid compromising a no-claims bonus.
The Fire Chief said: "Our fire crews often witness the tragic consequences of careless driving and driving too fast for the conditions on rural roads when they have to cut casualties out of the wreckage of crashed vehicles."
According to a recent report by The IAM Motoring Trust, our Rural roads are Britain’s biggest killers, accounting for two-thirds of deaths in England and three-quarters of all road deaths in Scotland and Wales. A third of all rural road deaths and serious injuries are in cars with young drivers, aged between 17 and 25 years old.