While the Welsh Government is well on course to achieve two of its three road casualty targets for 2020, the target relating to motorcycle casualties is looking increasingly challenging.
Figures released yesterday (29 June) by the Welsh Government show a total of 5,543 personal injury accidents in 2015, which resulted in 7,682 casualties. Both the accident and injury rates show a 6% year on year reduction.
Within this casualty total there were 105 deaths (two more than in 2014), 1,081 serious injuries (7% fewer than 2014), and 6,496 slight injuries (6% fewer than 2014).
In 2013 the Welsh Government introduced new targets for 2020, based on the average for 2004-08.
The first target is to achieve a 40% reduction in the number of people killed and seriously injured (KSI) on Welsh roads. The number of KSIs in 2015 was 1,186, 16% fewer than the 2004-08 average.
The second target requires a 25% reduction in the number of motorcyclist KSIs on Welsh roads. However, in 2015 there were 273 motorcyclist KSIs, some 6% higher than the 2004-08 average.
The final target is a 40% reduction in the number of young people (aged 16-24 years) KSIs on Welsh roads. The 2015 figure was 284 young people KSIs, 28% lower than the 2004-08 average.
The Scottish Government also published its 2015 provisional casualty statistics on 29 June. The figures show a 3% reduction in all casualties, 20% reduction in fatalities, 6% reduction in serious injuries and 2% fall in slight injuries.