A new report which examines the collision risk on Suffolk’s roads suggests that while the overall outlook for the county’s road users is positive, there are significant risks for some road user types.
The ‘area profile’ report was commissioned by Suffolk RoadSafe and carried out by Road Safety Analysis, in order to gain insight and ensure that road safety interventions are directed appropriately. The report examines collision risk on Suffolk’s roads, and the risk to residents of being involved in collisions elsewhere.
It examines all of the main road user types and collisions using a range of measures including casualty rates per head of population and collisions per kilometre of road, Mosaic socio-demographic profiling, Index of Multiple Deprivation and contributory factor analysis.
It found that the overall collision trend is positive on Suffolk’s road network, with a 14% decrease over the last five years, and collision rates per kilometre of road well below the national average.
The county’s resident casualty rate is 6% below the national level, and there has been an 18% decrease in average annual resident casualties over the last five years. The vast majority of Suffolk residents who are injured (83%) sustain those injuries in a road traffic collision on Suffolk’s roads, with most of the remaining injuries occurring in neighbouring counties.
The national trend of young adults (16-24 years) experiencing disproportionately high levels of road risk is even more pronounced in Suffolk; these residents experience a casualty risk rate relative to population that is well over twice the risk for all of the county’s residents.
Resident child casualty rates are well below the national average in every district of Suffolk except one (Waveney) and have dropped significantly in the last five years.
The collision rate for Suffolk’s motorcyclists is 10% higher than the national norm. Although the numebr of collisions involving motorcyclists has fallen by 13% in the last five years, this is a smaller reduction than achieved among other road user groups.
The report concludes that the “overall road safety trend in Suffolk is positive” and that “local residents are at lower risk of being injured than the national average, and collisions on the county’s roads are becoming less frequent”.
However, it adds that “significant risk remains, particularly for young adult drivers in rural districts, and motorcyclists and pedal cyclists in urban areas”.