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.”