Road deaths, KSI casualties and casualties of all severities rose in the 12-month period ending September 2014, compared with the corresponding period in 2013, according to stats released today (5 Feb) by the DfT.
The DfT bulletin shows that the number of road deaths (1,730) increased by 1% and KSI casualties (24,360) by 4%. In addition, child KSI casualties rose by 3% over this period.
In the same period there were 192,910 reported road casualties of all severities, an increase of 5%.
A 2% increase in motor traffic levels means the overall casualty rate per vehicle mile increased by 3% for the period.
Comparing the same quarters in 2014 and 2013, there was a 4% decrease in road deaths, a 2% decrease in KSIs while slightly injured casualties remained unchanged.
The DfT bulletin says: “Part of the reason for the increases over the rolling years is the unusually low number of casualties in the first quarter of 2013.
“This resulted in a large increase in casualties between Q1 2013 and Q1 2014 with offsetting falls in other quarters.”