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The death toll for 2011 was 19 - the lowest number since records began in the 1960s. In 1972, 71 people were killed on Cornwall's roads.
Under the Highways Act 1980, a local authority is under a duty to maintain the highway. That duty extends to a duty to ensure so far as it reasonably practicable that safe passage along a highway is not endangered by snow or ice. Breach of this duty, can lead to a civil claim for compensation by someone who is injured as a result.
In the recent case of AC, DC, TR v Devon County Council  EWHC 796 (QB) a Landrover went into a potholed area by the side of a metalled road whilst going at around 45-40 mph. The occupants of the vehicle suffered serious injuries.
The court found that Devon County Council should have carried out maintenance inspections on a monthly basis,and their failure to do so caused the accident. They were therefore in breach of their duty under the Highways Act 1980.
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