Road deaths slightly up but overall casualties down

Friday, February 5, 2016

 

Deaths on UK roads rose slightly in the year ending September 2015 according to government figures. 

Reported road deaths increase by 3% compared with the year ending September 2014 to 1,780n while there were 23,700 killed or seriously injured (KSI) casualties  - a 3% decrease compares with the previous year.

The largest decreases in KSI casualties were for pedal cyclists and pedestrians – 5% down to 3,340 and 4% down to 5,300 respectively. 

Motorcycle user and car occupants KSI casualties both decreased by 3% to 5,350 motorcyclists and 8,580 car occupants. 

Reported road casualties of all severities was also down 3% compared with the year ending September 2014 with the overall casualty rate per vehicle decreasing by 5% for the same period despite an increase in traffic levels by 2.2%.

The figures from the Department for Transport (DfT) also found that fatal accidents on major roads (motorways and A roads) increased by 2% in the year ending September 2015 while fatal accidents on minor roads (B, C and unclassified roads) rose by 5% over the same period.

In contrast, the total number of fatal or serious accidents fell by 4% on major roads and 2% on minor roads between the years ending September 2014 and 2015.

In the report, the DfT noted: “There has been a statistically significant decrease in the number of people injured (but not killed) in road traffic accidents between the years ending September 2014 and 2015. This indicates that there are a number of factors that have combined together to improve some aspects of safety on Britain’s roads. However, it is not definitive evidence of a continued improvement in road safety.”

 

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