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Roads: Barnsley

Transport written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents occurred due to (a) motorists and (b) cyclists failing to stop at red traffic lights in Barnsley Central constituency in the last two years for which figures are available.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

The data on factors contributing to road accidents are not broken down below regional level since the number of accidents can often be small and therefore it may be possible to identify the individuals involved in an accident.

However, the numbers of personal injury road accidents in the Yorkshire and the Humber region where “disobeyed automatic traffic signal” was a contributory factor for (a) motor vehicles and (b) cyclists in the years 2010 and 2011 are as follows:

  Motor vehicles Cyclists
2010 149 10
2011 144 4

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Chris Beazer
Posted on 23 Oct 2012 2:56 pm (Report this annotation)

So motorists caused between 15 and 36 times more personal injury accidents through red-light jumping than cyclists. This gives a lie to the myth that it's cyclists who are the culprits.