The DfT’s annual report into road casualties confirms a significant drop in casualties in 2008, compared with the previous year.
‘Reported Road Casualties Great Britain 2008: Annual Report’ is based on information about personal injury road accidents reported to the police.
Headline final figures on the number of people killed and injured on the roads in Great Britain in 2008 were first published in June 2009, but this report provides more detailed information about circumstances, vehicle involvement and the consequent casualties in 2008, along with some of the key trends.
Key results include:
– There was a total of 230,905 reported casualties of all severities, 7% lower than in 2007.
– 2,538 people were killed, 14% lower than in 2007, and 26,034 were seriously injured (down 6%) and 202,333 were slightly injured (down 7%).
– The number of fatalities fell for almost all types of road user, including a fall of 12% for car occupants, 11% for pedestrians, 16% for motorcyclists and 15% for pedal cyclists.
In 2000, the Government set a target for a reduction in the number of road casualties. By 2010 the aim is to achieve, compared with the average for 1994-98, a 40% reduction in the number of KSIs; a 50% reduction in the number of child kSIs; and a 10% reduction in the slight casualty rate.
Compared with the 1994-98 average baseline, in 2008:
– The number of KSIs was 40% lower.
– The number of child KSIs was 59% lower.
– And the slight casualty rate was 36% lower.
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