Deaths on the roads of Great Britain fall to the lowest ever in 2010
Great Britain goes below 2,000 road deaths for the first time.
The number of people killed in road crashes in 2010 fell by 16% year on year to 1,857 – the lowest figure since records began in 1926.
The figures are contained in Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain which was published yesterday (30/06/11). The annual Department for Transport report reveals that the number of people killed in road crashes fell from 2,222 in 2009 to 1,857 in 2010.
Other key findings from the report include:
- A total of 22,660 people were reported killed or seriously injured in 2010, 8% fewer than in 2009.
- There were 208,655 casualties (slight injuries, serious injuries and fatalities) in road accidents reported to the police in Great Britain in 2010, 6% fewer than in 2009.
- Total reported child casualties (ages 0-15 years) fell by 5% to 19,569 in 2010. The number of children killed or seriously injured in 2010 was 2,502, down 6% on 2009.
- Motor vehicle traffic levels fell by 2% compared to 2009. The overall casualty rate for accidents reported to the police per billion vehicle miles therefore fell to 677 per billion vehicle miles, compared to 709 casualties per billion vehicle miles in 2009.
- This dramatic reduction in road casualties is in no small way due to the tremendous work of all of those involved in road casualty reduction across the whole country. The new figures also reflect the value of having a comprehensive road safety strategy and targets in place fully backed by a supportive government.
- dbda’s much awarded road safety education products have, to our mind, played a part in some small way on breaking through the 2000 milestone and we will continue to offer support, guidance and ground breaking educational resources in the years to come and look forward to a future where no-one is killed on the roads in UK.
Posted on 1st July 2011