Recent figures from the Department for Transport have revealed a fall of 2% in the number of road deaths in 2013, compared to 2012. Figures are apparently now at their lowest level since national records began in 1926.
According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), the figures show that in 2013:
- 1,713 people were killed in road accidents.
- The number of people seriously injured decreased by 6% to 21,657, compared to 2012.
- The total number of casualties in road accidents reported to the police in 2013 was 183,670, down 6% from 2012.
- Pedal cyclists’ deaths decreased by 8% to 109 in 2013, compared to 118 in 2012.
- Fatalities on motorways increased by 14%, from 88 to 100.
- Vans and LGVs fatalities increased by 12%, from 33 to 37.
- Motorcycle fatalities on motorways increased by 250% from 4 to 14.
- Child pedestrian fatalities increased by 3%, from 20 to 26.
- Killed and serious injuries for all road users in deprived areas increased by 5%.
“We welcome the overall decrease in road deaths although the long term trends show improvements are slowing down,” commented IAM director of policy of research Neil Greig.
“It’s worrying that motorways have seen an increase in deaths, which is only partly explained by the increase in traffic on them – it is vital the government keeps a close eye on these figures as the Highway Agency rolls out its programme of wide-spread hard-shoulder running as opposed to proper motorway widening,” he added.
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