Road casualties 9% higher


Published: Thursday 6th November 2014 by The News Editor

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The number of people killed or injured on the roads is rising.

Total casualties from April to June were 9% higher than the same period last year, according to provisional figures from the Department for Transport (DfT).

Total casualties for the 12 months ending in June were 4% higher than the previous 12 months, with the number of people killed rising 3% from 1,713 to 1,760.

In the period April-June 2014 (spring 2014), there were 440 deaths – a figure practically unchanged from that of 439 for the same period last year.

But adding the number of those killed to those serious injured provided a killed and seriously injured (KSI) figure of 6,280 for spring 2014 – a 7% rise on the KSI total for spring 2013.

Spring 2014 slight injuries rose 9% to 41,740, while total casualties (deaths, serious injuries and slight injuries) rose 9% to 48,020.

For the 12 months ending June 2014 KSIs were up 4% to 24,580, with slight injuries rising 4% to 168,710 and total casualties increasing 4% to 193,290.

The figures relate to reported road casualties in Britain.

In spring 2014 there was a 9% increase in child KSIs and a 12% increase in total child casualties. Child pedestrian KSIs were up 1% and total child pedestrian casualties rose 3%.

There was also a big increase in pedal cyclist KSIs which rose 18% in spring 2014, while motorcyclist KSIs were up 9%.

The DfT said warmer weather in spring 2014 compared with spring 2013 may have increased the number of vulnerable road users, particularly motorcyclists and pedal cyclists, on the roads.

It added that traffic levels in spring 2014 were 0.8% higher than in spring 2013 which could partly explain the casualty increases.

Total pedestrian KSIs in spring 2014 were 1% down – the only road-user group to show a decrease in deaths and serious injuries.

Car user KSIs were 8% up in spring 2014.

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said: “Any death on the road is a tragedy and improving safety is an absolute priority for this government.

“While there remains a significant long-term decline in casualties and Britain’s roads are among the safest in the world, there is absolutely no room for complacency.

“We are determined to do more to reduce these figures, working with the police and other agencies, such as promoting road awareness through our THINK! campaign.”

Published: Thursday 6th November 2014 by The News Editor

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