Casualties on roads drops

Published on Tuesday, 28 September 2010 11:15
Posted by Scott Buckler

The number of casualties on roads in Britain dropped by four per cent in 2009 following a seven per cent reduction in 2008


This is according to the latest figures from the Department for Transport, which reveal there were falls in incidents involving almost all categories of road users, with a drop for car occupants of 16 per cent, a 13 per cent decline for pedestrians, ten per cent for pedal cyclists and a four per cent dip for motorcyclists.

Additionally, the number of seriously injured individuals was five per cent lower than in 2008 at 24,690 and the total for those slightly inured was down four per cent at 195,234.

Based on information about those incidents reported to police within 30 days, the data show the number of deaths on highways fell by 12 per cent year-on-year to 2,222.

In its annual report on road casualties in Great Britain, the government states deaths on the roads dropped by 38 per cent in 2009 compared with an average for the period from 1994 to 1998.

The most common cause of accidents was failure to look properly, accounting for 38 per cent of incidents, while there was a fall in the number of people killed in drink-drive accidents during 2009.

Source: ©CILT UK

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