New figures published today by the Department of Transport show continuing improvements in road casualty levels across Great Britain.
Provisional estimates show that in the 12 months before March 2010, reported road casulaties were down 3% and killed or seriously injured casualties were down by 6%. The number of fatalities fell by 16 per cent over the same period. Reported pedestrian and motorcycle casulaties have also fallen, with cyclists being the only category of road user where casualties have increased ( by 4% for reported casualties and killed and seriously injured). Over this same period road traffic was 1% lower than the previous year, illustrating that improvements are above what might be expected from reductions in road traffic alone.
Where accidents involving illegal alcohol levels are concerned in 2009 (click here for report) there were also marked improvements:
- Fatalities resulting from drink and drive accidents fell by 5 per cent from 400 in 2008 to 380 in 2009
- Over the same period of time seriously injured casualties fell by 9 per cent from 1, 620 to 1,480.
- Slight casualties resulting from drink drive accidents fell by 8 per cent from 10,960 to 10,130.
- Total casualties fell by 8 per cent from 12,990 to 11,990.
- Fatal accidents remained unchanged from 2008, remaining at 350 for the second year in a row.
- Overall drink and drive accidents fell by 7 per cent from 8,620 to 8,050.
These results, although provisional, are good news for road safety. Action taken is continuing to pay dividends, particularly on drink driving. It is therefore all the more important that any spending cuts in road safety are carefully considered. In recent weeks funding for local road safety partnerships has been reduced, with some partnerships being dispanded altogether. If we are to continue see ingsuch impressive reductions in accidents and casualties funding needs to be available to invest in the most effective road safety programmes.