The number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) and slightly injured on British roads fell by nearly a fifth in the first quarter of 2015.
The latest figures from the Department for Transport (DfT) showed that the number of KSI or slightly injured both decreased by 18% from the first quarter in 2014, to 4,540 KSI casualties and 32,940 slightly injured casualties in Q1 2015.
Casualties in all severities also fell 18% to 37,480 while there was a 10% decrease in the number of people killed to 340 from 376 despite a 1.8% increase in traffic.
Pedestrian KSI casualties fell by 21% in Q1 while motorcycle and pedal cycle KSI casualties fell by 16% and 14% respectively.
Fatal or serious accidents on major roads decreased by 19% while minor roads saw a 17% decrease compared with Q1 2014.
The DfT said that historically the first quarter of the year had the lowest casualty numbers for the whole year. Even so, if the figures proved correct, with the exception of fatalities it would be "the lowest quarter on record for KSI serious, slight and overall injuries”.
Even so, the DFT warned: “There is no definitive interpretation of the current overall trend for reported road casualties on British Roads.”
Writing in the upcoming Driving Instructor, DIA chief executive Carly Brookfield said: “Despite the first quarter 2015 KSI showing a significant drop of 18% in numbers, the jury is still out on whether these are statistical blips caused by better weather than Q1 2014 or other reasons. But whatever the reasoning, the message is still the same, in that we need to start focusing developing driver skill and behaviour across the board and not just rely on other factors.”