New statistics show that there were 6,853 casualties on Welsh roads during 2016, a 11% year-on-year fall.
The Welsh Government figures, published yesterday (29 June), do however reveal that the number of deaths remained largely unchanged. The 2016 figure of 103 deaths is only two fewer than in 2015.
The number of people seriously injured fell by 7% to 1,005 – while the number slightly injured fell by 12% to 5,745.
Looking at road user type, each of the main four categories – vehicles (car, taxi and minibus), pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists – experienced year-on-year falls in the number of killed or seriously injured (KSI) casualties.
Vehicle user KSIs fell by 6% to 494; pedestrian KSIs by 4% to 199; motorcyclists by 7% to 254; and cyclists by 6% to 115.
Vulnerable road users (pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists) accounted for 51% of KSIs, while vehicle occupants accounted for 45%.
Looking at age, there were 239 KSIs among young people (aged 16-24 years) – 11% fewer than the average for the previous three years.
In total, there were 4,921 road accidents involving personal injury recorded by the police in 2016, a year-on-year fall of 11%.