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The 10 roads in and around Northampton that are the worst for accidents

Investigation looks at period between 2014 and 2018

The worst roads for accidents causing casualties in and around Northampton have been revealed in a new investigation by JPIMedia, owners of the Northampton Chronicle & Echo.

Statistics show that across the country, the number of accidents causing death or injury has fallen by a sixth in the past five years, road safety charity Brake has said more should be done to catch and punish dangerous drivers.

The Department for Transport (DfT) said it is making vital improvements to some of the country’s most dangerous stretches of road.

Analysis of Government data on crashes which cause injury or death show serious crashes are more likely to happen on a Friday and in the hour between 5pm and 6pm and drivers are more likely to be male and be aged between 26 and 35.

A spokesperson for road safety charity Brake said there were steps drivers could take to prevent accidents, such as slowing down, not using mobile phones when driving and getting their eyesight tested regularly.

But the spokesperson also said there needs to be “greater investment in road traffic enforcement so that people who do drive dangerously and break the law, endangering themselves and all other road users, are caught and punished”.

The DfT said allocation of crime-fighting resources is a matter for chief constables, in conjunction with police and crime commissioners.

The department said that busier roads will have a higher number of accidents but that “vital improvements” were being made to the road networks.

NOTE: The photographs in the gallery are indicative only - most of the roads stretch for a number of miles.