BBC News publishes interactive road death map

10.18 | 16 December 2009 | | 4 comments

The BBC News website has published an interactive map plotting every road death in Great Britain from 1999-2008.

The map enables the user to search for collisions by postcode or police authority.

The BBC says it has created the map using official data released by the DfT.

Click here to see the map on the BBC News website.


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    This has the potential to be a very good tool for anyone with an interest in road safety. On occasions the site has been a bit tempermental and slow.

    If this and the issues described in the other reader’s comments are attended to, the interactive map could be developed into an excellent site, making a positive contribution to road safety.

    Mark – Wiltshire
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    There seem to be a number of problems with this map, including the way the BBC presented it. It was billed on Today as a way of finding ‘blackspots’ in your local area – for most LHAs that would be impossible from the fatals alone. The links to further information are of course news reports. These are at best lacking in the full facts, sometimes inaccurate and often laden with early commentary that is opinion rather than evidence driven. Also, some reports are from the time of the incident, others date from months later during or after the inquest so what is offered through the links is also very random. Providing information is rarely a bad thing in itself, but when it’s offered up without commentary and advice about its limitations it is never helpful.

    Jeremy Phillips – Devon
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    The interactive map might be helpful in drawing attention to road safety issues. But there are errors in the map with some accidents missing and some incidents wrongly included. And, when zoomed in to see individual streets, the locations shown are wrong.

    D Sharp, Midlothian
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    It should be remembered that a road is an inanimate object. It doesn’t lash out and hit people. It isn’t the road that causes a crash. If all motorists drove to match the prevailing conditions, then road crashes would be few.

    Ted Prangnell Kennington Ashford Kent
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