The number of road deaths in Great Britain in 2013 fell by 2% to 1,713 – the lowest figure since national records began in 1926.
The DfT stats for 2013 show that since 2000 road deaths have halved and serious injuries (21,657) are down 43%.
Child KSIs for 2013 (1,980) are down 13%, reversing the increases seen in 2011 and 2012, and total child casualties (15,756) are down 9% to the lowest level since 1979 (when detailed records were first kept).
The total number of personal injury road collisions (138,660) is down 5% to the lowest level since 1926 and 1927, the first two years that records were kept. Traffic levels were broadly stable with a 0.4% year on year increase in 2013.
The number of pedal cyclist fatalities fell by 8% from 118 in 2012 to 109 in 2013, and the number of seriously injured cyclists fell by 2% to 3,143 – the first decrease in serious injuries to cyclists since 2004. RoSPA said these reductions are “particularly welcomed given the growing popularity of cycling”.
Pedestrian deaths fell by 5% to 398 and serious injuries decreased by 10% to 4,998.
While welcoming the reductions in pedestrian and cyclist casualties, the road safety charity Brake says it is “too early to tell whether this is part of a longer term trend as these figures have seen increases in recent years”.
Deaths among car occupants fell by 2% to 785 and serious injuries decreased by 7% to 7,641.
However, the number of motorcyclist deaths increased by 1% – from 328 in 2012 to 331 in 2013 – the first increase since 2006.
The number of people killed on motorways increased by 14% to 100 in 2013, the first increase since 2005. Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, described this increase as “worrying” given that motorway traffic levels only increased by 1.5%.