The IAM has analysed the DfT’s annual casualty stats to show that has the biggest increase in killed and seriously injured (KSI) collisions in 2012 occurred in the North East of England.
The IAM’s calculations show that the rate of reported KSI casualties in the North East increased by 8% in 2012 – an extra 65 KSI incidents – compared with the previous year. South East England, which the IAM says was one of the “worst” regions in 2011, has seen the biggest improvement with an 8% decrease in 2012.
While there was a 6% increase in KSI rates in South West England, there were reductions in the North West and West Midlands which cancelled out small increases in Yorkshire and Humber, East of England and London to give an overall reduction of 2% in accident rates for England.
The IAM says that a 2% increase has “pushed Yorkshire and Humberside to the top of the accident rate table”.
Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “Drivers across England should not be at higher risk just because of where they live. Additional funding should be available to those areas with greater road safety problems.
“What we need is a national road safety body with full responsibility for monitoring progress and bringing together best practice so that everyone benefits equally from safer roads.