Wales: road death unchanged in 2017 – but KSIs decline

07.59 | 6 September | | 1 comment

New statistics show that while the number of road deaths in Wales remained the same in 2017 compared to the previous year, the number of KSIs and total casualties fell.

The Welsh Government figures, published on 30 August, show that 103 people were killed on Welsh roads in 2017 – the same number as in 2016.

However, the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) fell by 4% from 1,108 in 2016 to 1,064 in 2017 – while the total number of casualties fell by 9% to 6,202.

Looking at road user type, for each of the main four categories – vehicle users (car, taxi and minibus), pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists – there were year-on-year falls in KSI casualties.

Vehicle user KSIs fell by 5% to 469; pedestrian KSIs by 5% to 189; motorcyclists by 1% to 252; and cyclists by 3% to 112.

Vulnerable road users (pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists) accounted for 52% of KSIs – up 1% from 2016 – while vehicle occupants accounted for 44% – down 1%.

Looking at age, there were 72 KSIs among children (under 16 years) – 26% fewer than the average for the previous three years (97).

There were also 235 KSIs among young people (aged 16-24 years) – 11% fewer than the average for the previous three years (265).

In total, there were 4,556 road accidents involving personal injury recorded by the police in 2017, a year-on-year fall of 7%.


 

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    It is probably good news mixed with bad. No one likes to suffer deaths and injuries on their patch but if keeping level with previous years is considered good at least it hasn’t gone up. So a mixed blessing and its unfortunate that their has not seen to be a decrease.

    As a bye the bye. Do we as yet have any results from the initiative and funding
    made available for the creation of new ideas several years ago? Was it 2015 or 2016?

    Anything come to fruition as yet? , working and reducing casualties in Wales at all?

    Anything to report on or is it as yet to early to give any information.


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