Figures released today (6 Feb) by the DfT show that road deaths and injuries fell in the 12 months to 30 September 2013, compared with the 12 months ending September 2012.
Road deaths fell by 2%, serious injuries by 6% and all casualties by 7%. Total child casualties fell by 11% and the number of killed or seriously injured (KSI) child casualties fell by 15%.
Traffic levels rose by 1.1% in the same period, meaning that the casualty rate per billion vehicle miles decreased by 7%.
Comparing Q3 2013 with Q3 2012, there was an overall decrease in casualties of 3%. The number of people killed was unchanged at 470, while serious and slight casualties fell by 3% and 4% respectively.
Despite KSI decreases among cyclists (2%) and motorcyclists (6%), the IAM expressed concern that two-wheeled road users are “still a growing risk” and said they “must be given even greater priority for investment and education”.
While describing the Q3 figures as “reassuring”, the IAM’s Neil Greig pointed out that “a quarter of road deaths are a result of criminal driving acts such as dangerous driving, drink driving, careless driving and aggravated theft”.
Mr Greig called for “targeted action by the police” which he said could have “huge societal benefits”.