SIX people were killed and 75 seriously injured on Dorset’s roads in just three months, the latest figures have revealed.

Dorset Fire Authority members meet today to consider the county fire and rescue service’s quarterly performance monitoring report for the second quarter of the 2011/12 financial year.

It shows no children died during the same period – between July and September – but eight youngsters, aged 15 and under, did sustain serious injuries.

The number of road traffic collisions attended by Dorset Fire and Rescue Service rose slightly from 110 in the second quarter of 2010 to 115 in 2011 but serious casualties and deaths have reduced.

The report, from chief fire officer Darran Gunter, states: “The No Excuse Campaign, of which Dorset Fire and Rescue Service are a key partner, continues to provide demonstrable quarter by quarter progress, in reductions of fatalities and injuries.”

Eight people died and 79 were seriously injured during the same period last year.

The report also shows seven people were injured in Dorset fires between July and September this year.

However, no fire fatalities were recorded compared to two during the same period in 2010.

The number of accidental dwelling fires attended in the second quarter was 107, an increase of nine over the same period last year.

“There was a particular increase this quarter in North Dorset which is being targeted with local press releases and activity from community safety task teams”, said Mr Gunter. “The accidental dwelling fires that were attended this quarter continue to share common ignition type.

“Cooking-related incidents accounted for nearly 50 per cent of all incidents, and there was a slight increase in smoking related issues, which will be closely monitored.”