New figures show drop in road deaths - but pedestrians and cyclists still in danger
There were fewer deaths on the roads last summer than in summer 2011, provisional Government figures showed today.
But the number of child pedestrians killed or seriously injured rose 8%, the statistics also revealed.
Overall, there were 470 people killed in reported road accidents in summer (July to September 2012) - a 5% dip on the figure of 494 for the same period in 2011.
Adding serious injuries to deaths, there were 6,620 casualties last summer, almost exactly the same figure as the 6,640 in summer 2011.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Wednesday, May 22 2013
Slight injuries last summer fell by 3% to 44,140.
Including slight injuries, total casualties on the roads involving children fell 9% but child pedestrian KSIs (killed or seriously injured) rose by 8% - from 390 in summer 2011 to 420 in summer 2012.
Overall, pedestrian and pedal cyclist KSIs last summer rose 6% and 7% respectively. Car user KSIs were down 6% and motorcycle KSIs fell by 2%.
The number of accidents involving deaths fell 5% to 440 in summer 2012 while the total number of accidents was down 2% at 37,700.
The latest figures, albeit provisional, mean that the number of people killed on the roads in the 12 months ending September 2012 totalled 1,760 - a 7% drop on the figure for the 12 months ending September 2011.
But KSIs in the 12 months ending September 2012 were 2% up at 24,860.
Despite the drop in overall road casualties, safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) warned against complacency towards cyclists and pedestrians.
IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said: "It is reassuring to see an overall drop in the number of road casualties, however this should not mask the increase of deaths and serious injuries for cyclists and pedestrians."
"The rise in the number of fatal and serious accidents on minor and built-up roads is concerning. The government needs to think about which roads are the safest and where they should be dedicating their resources."
The IAM said it would like to see:
• Changes to the driving test to make drivers much more aware of cyclists and pedestrians
• Improved infrastructure for cyclists, including more segregated cycle paths
• The government commit to reinstate funding for road safety campaigns and education.