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UK road casualties down

The DfT's 'Reported Road Casualties Great Britain 2009' shows a pleasing reduction in both the short-and long-term.

The 2009 Annual Report is based on road accidents involving personal injury reported to the police within 30 days. Key results are below . .

In 2009 there were 222,146 reported casualties of all severities - 4% lower than in 2008.
- 2,222 people were killed (6 per day) - 12% lower than in 2008
- 24,690 were seriously injured - down 5%
- 195,234 were slightly injured - down 4%

The number of fatalities fell for almost all types of road user, down:
- 16% for car occupants
- 13% for pedestrians
- 10% for pedal cyclists
- 4% for motorcyclists

Compared with the 1994-98 average, in 2009:
- the number killed was 38% down
- killed or seriously injured casualties were 44% down
- children killed or seriously injured was 61% down
- the slight casualty rate was 37% down

...but traffic rose by an estimated 15% over this period.

Looking at some contributory causes.
- in 2009, 11,990 (5%) road casualties occurred when someone was driving whilst over the legal alcohol limit - 380 died (17% of total deaths).
- failure to look properly was the most frequently reported contributory factor (38%).
- loss of control was most common cause of fatal accidents (36%).
- exceeding the speed limit was a factor in 5% of accidents, but involved 17% of fatalities.

Full details from the DfT below.

  • 04 October 2010
  • LNLG

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