The Department for Transport has published statistics revealing the number of personal injury road traffic accidents reported to the police in Britain during the year ending September 2016.
The figures show that there were a total of 25,160 people killed or seriously injured (KSI casualties) on the roads, which is a rise of 6% over the previous twelve month period. There were 182,560 casualties of all severities during the year, down by 4% from the previous year.
The figures also provide a breakdown of the types of road users being injured on the roads over the year, and show that:
In addition to the annual figures, the Department for Transport statistics also show the number of injuries occurring over the third quarter of 2016, from July to September.
In this period, 450 people were killed in reported road accidents, which is apparently unchanged from the same quarter of 2015. However, KSI casualties increased by 8% to 6,920.
When looking at individual road user groups over the quarter, the figures show that KSI casualties increased for all road user groups. The figures also reveal that:
A number of road safety organisations have reacted to the latest figures, including the RAC, which expressed its concern over the latest injury numbers.
“A 22% increase in the number of children killed or seriously injured on British roads between July and September 2016 compared to the same period the year before is truly shocking,” commented RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams. “And, an estimated 2% rise in child casualties of all severities is yet more reason to worry.”
“In the 21st century this seems utterly wrong so we need to understand as a matter of priority why these increases have occurred and take action to save young lives before more are lost,” he said.
“It is also very concerning – even against a picture of a 1.4% rise in traffic levels – that the figures for all road casualties are showing a 6% increase in the number of people who were killed or seriously injured in the year ending September 2016,” he said. “Sadly, among the worst increases were 10% more car occupants being killed or seriously injured along with 5% more motorcyclists and 2% more cyclists.”
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