Deaths fall despite rise in motor traffic
Despite an increase in traffic levels, the number of road deaths decreased between April and June 2015 compared to the corresponding period in 2014, and in the 12-months to June 2015.
Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain: quarterly provisional estimates Q2 2015 shows that in the three month period, 400 people were killed in reported road accidents, a 7% decrease from the 428 deaths in the same quarter of 2014.
There was also a decline in the number of killed or seriously injured (KSI) casualties. A total of 5,540 people were (KSI), down 11% from the same period in 2014 (6,233). Casualties of all severities fell by 12% to 42,320 while motor traffic levels increased by 2.9% over the same period.
The report also shows a similar trend for the statistics for the year ending in June 2015. There were 1,700 road deaths (down 2%), a total of 22,830 KSIs (down 7%) and 580 child KSIs (down 8%) while motor traffic levels rose by 2.3%.
The IAM called the figures ‘good news’, while also highlighting that fatalities have increased on ‘non-built up roads’.
Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “It is indeed good news to see that in spite of an increase in volume of traffic the number of casualties has fallen by 7%. However, fatal accidents on non-built up roads has increased by 7%.
“Highways England has published a vision for zero deaths on trunk roads and we believe this commitment should be adopted by the government for the whole country.
“The DVSA has stated a desire to encourage lifelong learning in driver and rider training and we firmly believe that with the right framework in place, which recognises the issues faced by road users of different ages, this approach will form a vital part of ensuring that fewer lives are needlessly lost on UK roads.”
The DfT report states that the first two quarters of 2015 are lower for each casualty severity than the corresponding quarters in 2014. It predicts that if this trend is ‘not adversely offset’ in the second half of the year, there will be a fall in casualties in 2015 when final data is published in June 2016.
The report concluded that there has been a ‘statistically significant’ decrease in the number of people injured (but not killed) in road traffic accidents between the years ending June 2014 and 2015, suggesting that 'a number of factors' have combined to improve some aspects of safety on Britain’s roads.