Road deaths fell to their lowest ever level, and the number of serious injuries also fell by 6% in 2013, according to stats published by the DfT.
The DfT’s annual report of road casualties in 2013 shows that road deaths decreased by 2% compared to 2012, to 1,713 – the lowest figure since national records began in 1926.
The number of people seriously injured decreased by 6% to 21,657, compared to 2012, and the total number of casualties in road accidents reported to the police was also down 6% to 183,670.
Traffic levels remained broadly stable with a small increase of 0.4% between 2012 and 2013.
Pedal cyclist deaths decreased by 8% to 109, compared to 118 in 2012.
The DfT’s best estimate, derived from National Travel Survey data, is that the total number of road casualties in Great Britain annually, including those not reported to the police, is “within the range 630,000-800,000, with a central estimate of 720,000”.