UK sees drop in road deaths

Friday, November 6, 2015

 

The UK has seen a slight decline in the number of road deaths according to the government.

Figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT) for the year up to June 2015 saw 1,700 road deaths on UK roads, a 2% decrease compared with the year ending June 2014.

The latest statistics also revealed that there were 22,830 killed or seriously injured (KSI) casualties, a 7% decrease compared with the previous year, while there were 180,500 reported road casualties of all severities, 7% lower than the year ending June 2014.

The decrease took place as motor traffic levels rose by 2.3% compared with the 12 month period ending June 2014. The overall casualty rate per vehicle mile decreased by 9% for the same period.

The DfT figures also found that between April and June 2015, there were 400 road deaths, a 7% decrease from the same quarter in 2014 while KSI casualties decreased by 11% with slightly injured casualties and overall total casualties both falling by 12% compared with the same quarter in 2014.

The DfT said that although the drop indicated there were a number of factors that had combined together to improve some aspects of safety on Britain’s roads., it was “not definitive evidence of a continued improvement in road safety”. 

 

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