New DfT figures show that the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) on Great Britain’s roads saw a ‘statistically significant’ year-on-year rise of 3% for the 12 months ending June 2016.
The provisional figures, published today (3 Nov), show that the total number of KSIs rose to 24,620 – compared with 22,830 in the corresponding period ending in June 2015. The number of fatalities also rose, by 2% to 1,800, compared with 1,770 in the previous 12-months.
However, the DfT says the increase in deaths is not statistically significant, but ‘probably to do with a combination of factors that have come about by chance, rather than any specific change’.
Despite these rises, the total number of casualties of all types fell by 2% to 185,010. The DfT says this fall is statistically significant and suggests it reflects ‘genuine changes in road safety’, rather than natural variation.
In terms of road user type, pedal cyclist KSIs fell by 3% to 3,350 and motorcyclist KSIs by 1% to 5,420 in the same period.
However, in contrast KSIs among pedestrians (5,440) and car occupants (9,290) increased by 3% to and 9% respectively.
Looking specifically at figures for Q2 2016 (April-June), 450 people were killed in reported road accidents, which equates to a 7% increase from the same quarter in 2015. The DfT points out, however, that quarterly casualty figures are prone to fluctuation.