Wales’ casualty stats ‘overshadowed’ by rise in motorcyclist KSIs
Welsh road casualty stats for 2014 show a decrease in fatalities (-7%), an increase in the number seriously injured (+12%), and a 15% year on year increase in the number of motorcyclists killed and seriously injured (KSI).
During 2014 there were 5,876 road collisions involving personal injury recorded by the police in Wales, a fall of 0.3% compared to 2013.
These collisions resulted in 8,208 casualties, 127 fewer (-1.5%) than in 2013. 103 people were killed on Welsh roads in 2014, eight fewer than the previous year; 1,160 people were seriously injured in 2014, an increase of 127; and 6,945 people were slightly injured, a decrease of 246 (3%).
The Road Safety Framework for Wales, published in 2013, identifies motorcyclists as a high risk group, and set road safety professionals the challenging target of a 25% reduction in number of killed and seriously injured motorcyclists by 2020, compared with the 2004-08 baseline.
There were 282 motorcyclist KSIs in 2014 (246 in 2013) compared with an average of 257 KSIs in the period 2004-08. The 2014 figure represents a 10% increase over the baseline period.
Road Safety Wales has expressed concern that the “slight overall improvement in the casualty figures” has been “overshadowed” by the increase in the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on Welsh roads.
Susan Storch, Chair of Road Safety Wales said: “Wales welcomes motorcyclists who are naturally drawn to the stunning scenery, winding roads, and motorcycle friendly businesses. However, we are concerned about the number who do not make it safely home.
“Even the most experienced (motorcyclist) can pick up bad habits, which is why partners throughout Wales offer a range of initiatives, held over the course of the year, to assess, train and educate motorcyclists.
“From free first aid courses to subsidised places on national schemes, much of this activity is made possible through funding from the Welsh Government, and is available to a whole range of motorcyclists from scooter riders to commuters and leisure riders. Families can play their part by bringing these opportunities to the attention of their loved ones.”