Road Death Statistics Show a Fall
Government statistics released today reveal that the number of people killed and seriously injured on roads in Great Britain fell by 1% in 2012. This is a welcome return to the downward trend which had seemed to have been halted by last year’s 2% rise.
The figures show that:
1,754 people were killed in 2012 (8% lower than 2011)
23,039 people suffered serious injuries in a road crash (0.4% lower than 2011)
One charity particularly concerned with road safety – “Brake”, which supports families and individuals bereaved or suffering from life-changing injuries following a road crash, strongly welcomed the news. However, they also pointed out that, as welcome as the small fall is, every death or life-changing injury on roads is preventable and causes unimaginable pain and trauma.
The charity also expressed concern that injuries to pedestrians continue to rise as do the number of cyclist deaths and serious injuries.
The figures relating to this are:
420 people were killed and 5,559 people were seriously injured on foot in 2012 (a 7% decrease in pedestrian deaths but a 2% increase in serious injuries).
118 people were killed and 3,222 people were seriously injured when cycling in 2012 (a 10% increase in cyclist deaths and 4% increase in serious injuries).
The full government report can be found here – Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain: Main Results 2012
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