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UK road deaths at all-time low

The number of people killed on UK roads in 2010 was the lowest since national records began.

Key findings from 2010 results published by the Department for Transport include:

- The number killed in road accidents reported to the police fell by 16% from 2,222 in 2009 to 1,857 (~5 per day) in 2010. This the lowest figure since national records began in 1926.
- A total of 22,660 were killed or seriously injured in 2010 - 8% less than in 2009.
- There were 208,655 casualties (slight injuries, serious injuries and fatalities) in road accidents reported to the police in 2010 - 6% less than in 2009.
- Total child casualties (ages 0-15) fell by 5% to 19,569 in 2010. The number of children killed or seriously injured in 2010 was 2,502 - down 6% on 2009.

Motor vehicle traffic levels in 2010 fell by 2% against 2009. The overall casualty rate for accidents reported to the police per billion vehicle miles therefore fell to 677 per billion vehicle miles - compared to 709 casualties per billion vehicle miles in 2009.

Full details from the DfT below.

  • 01 July 2011
  • LNLG

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