At the end of June, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced the provisional road casualty statistics for 2013 – final details will be announced in September 2014.
Commenting on the statistics, AA DriveTech’s spokeperson, David Richards, said “As our vision statement at AA DriveTech is ‘working together to eliminate road death and serious injury’, we are pleased that the UK has made progress in lowering the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads. Much of this is due to the hard work of all those engaged in road safety.
“As a leading provider of driver training for business drivers and members of the public, we are playing an important role in educating drivers so that our roads become even safer. Saying that there should be no room for complacency at further reducing crashes on our roads.”
We must target resources at the stubborn problems like drink and drug-driving, mobile phone use and deaths and injuries to our vulnerable road users.
David Richards, AA DriveTech Spokeperson
In 2013, 1,713 people were killed in road accidents reported to the police, the lowest number on record, and half as many as in 2000.
• In 2013, 21,657 people were seriously injured in road accidents. This total is 43 per cent lower than in 2000. Seriously injured casualties have decreased steadily since 2000, with 2010-2011 being the only year on year increase.
• The total number of casualties of all severities in 2013 was 183,670. Total reported casualties have also decreased steadily since 2000.
• A total of 138,660 personal-injury road accidents of all severities were reported to the police in 2013. This total is the fewest reported accidents in a single year apart from 1926 and 1927, the first two years national records were kept.
• As in previous years, car occupants were the largest casualty type across all severities. Of the 1,713 people killed in reported accidents in 2013, 46 per cent were car occupants. Pedestrians were the second largest casualty type followed by motorcyclists, accounting for 23 per cent and 19 per cent respectively.
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20 July 2014