The number of people killed on the roads in Northamptonshire during 2012 has been confirmed at 36.
Despite this figure being higher than last year, the county council has said this is the fifth lowest figure since official records were first introduced more than 50 years ago.
A council spokesman said many of the inquests into the deaths are still ongoing but initial investigations suggest there is no common theme between the accidents, which had a variety of causes at locations right across the county.
Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection, said: “Every fatality on our roads is a tragedy for the families involved and our thoughts are with those who have lost a loved one in 2012.
“Our road safety officers investigate every accident to look for possible causes and any emerging common themes to why accidents might be happening.
“Even though the number of fatal accidents has increased this year our investigations, so far, reveal that there is no common theme behind the accidents.
“In addition the overall number of people who are either killed or seriously injured on our roads has steadily decreased over the last 15 years.
“So far there doesn’t seem to be any emerging reason as to a singular cause of these accidents but we continue to work in close collaboration with our police and fire and rescue colleagues to improve road safety.”
Improvements have been made in road safety in recent decades with a number of factors all playing a part in reducing the number of deaths and injuries on county roads.
In 2011, a total of 19 lives were lost on the county’s roads which was a decrease from 2010 when 24 people lost their lives, and a further decrease compared to 2009 when 34 died.
The highest year total was in 1989 when 108 people were killed.
These statistics from the county council show the number of fatalities over the past seven years:
2012 - 36
2011 – 19
2010 – 24
2009 – 34
2008 – 35
2007 – 57
2006 – 74
Average per year during the 1980s – 85
Average per year during the 1970s - 90
Read the thoughts of the Lib Dems on the rise in county road deaths here.