Wales: road casualties fall in 2016 – but deaths remain largely unchanged

12.00 | 30 June 2017 | | 1 comment


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%.



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    I think that Wales does quite well when it come to stats. If you look at the drivers terrain that the drivers and riders have to endure its lucky that more incidents don’t occur. Its such a large area with such a diversity of terrain that most other authorities would not be in the least bit jealous of it at all and indeed be happy that they have not got such difficult diversity.

    The mind set particularly of riders of motorcycles has to be completely different and they have to become educated and knowledgeable in different skills in order to reduce their KSI toll.

    Bob Craven Lancs
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