Latest road casualty stats deliver mixed news
The Government’s latest road casualty statistics show no change in the number of road deaths, a slight increase in the number of KSIs and a fall in the number of overall casualties.
The Parliamentary group PACTS has described the figures as ‘worrying in a number of ways’.
The DfT stats, published yesterday (4 August) show 1,780 road deaths in Great Britain in the 12-months ending March 2016, unchanged from the same period in 2015.
The figures highlight a 2% rise (up to 24,610) in the number of killed or seriously injured casualties (KSI), although this is described by the DfT as ‘statistically insignificant’.
However, the DfT says there was a significant change in total casualties which fell by 2% to 187,050. With motor traffic levels increasing by 1.8%, the overall casualty rate per vehicle mile decreased by 4%.
In terms of road user type, there was a decrease in KSI casualties for pedal cyclists (3%) and motorcyclists (1%), but an increase among pedestrians (2%) and car occupants (5%).
Looking specifically at the first quarter of 2016 (January to March), 430 people were killed in
reported road accidents, an increase of 13% from the same quarter in 2015. KSI casualties increased by 14% to 5,890 while casualties of all severities increased by 2% to 43,990.
Commenting on the figures, David Davies, executive director of PACTS , said: “The Government is failing in its manifesto commitment to reduce the number of road users killed or seriously injured every year. There has been very little reduction in these figures since 2010.
“We need to see stronger action on a range of fronts, particularly drink-driving which accounts for 13% of all deaths.”