England tops the UK’s road safety league table with the lowest rate for deaths on the roads, according to a report published by the IAM.
The report ‘Comparisons – England’s regions, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland’ reveals that in 2009 there were 3.8 fatalities per 100,000 people in the UK. England is lowest with 3.6 fatalities per 100,000, compared with Northern Ireland (6.4) – the highest. Both Scotland and Wales stand at 4.2.
The north east (2.8 fatalities per 100,000) and the north west of England (3.4) are the safest places to drive, while the east Midlands (5.1) is the most dangerous.
Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: “While the UK is now top of the European road safety league, the risk of being killed on UK roads varies considerably around the country. Road deaths in Northern Ireland are twice that of north east England.
“Bringing the worst areas in the UK up to the same level of the best would save many more lives and reduce serious injuries. This should be a prime focus for central, devolved and local government road safety plans.”
While England’s northern regions are the safest, they are at the bottom of the car ownership league table – more than a quarter of households don’t own a car. This is compared with over 80% of households in the south east and the south west who own one or more.