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UK road deaths up

Although 2011 road accident casualties were 2% lower than in 2010, the number killed increased by 3%.

Key findings from the DfT's report for 2011, with comparisons with 2010, include:

- There were a total of 203,950 casualties of all severities in road accidents, 2% lower. There were 1,901 people killed, a 3% increase, and 23,122 were seriously injured, up 2%. Motor vehicle traffic increased slightly (0.2%) over the same period.

- The number of fatalities fell for 3 types of road user: down 22% for bus and coach occupants, 10% for motor cyclists and 4% for pedal cyclists. But pedestrian and car occupants fatalities rose by 12% and 6% respectively.

- An estimated 9,990 reported casualties (5% of all road casualties) occurred when someone was driving whilst over the legal alcohol limit. The number estimated to have been killed in drink-drive accidents was 280 (15%).

- The rate per billion vehicle miles for total casualties in road accidents and the rate of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) in 2011 were both 15% lower than the 2005-09 average. For fatalities alone, the 2011 rate was 32% lower than the average.

- 'Failed to look properly' was again the most frequently reported contributory factor and was reported in 42% of all accidents.

- In 2011, the economic welfare cost of reported road accidents was estimated to be around £15.6 billion.

Details from the DfT below.

  • 29 September 2012
  • LNLG

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