Our roads are safer, say DfT statistics

03 August 2006

Deaths on Britain's roads have fallen since last year, according to figures released today by the Department for Transport (DfT).

The statistics show that during a 12-month period ending in March 2006, 3180 people were killed on UK roads, a drop of 2% when compared to the year before.

The total amount of casualties on UK roads during the same period was 268,900, 3% down on the previous year's figure of 277,063.

In fact, deaths and injuries were down in most areas when compared to the previous year. The number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured fell by 3%, and 5% fewer motorcyclists were killed or seriously injured. The number of children hurt in accidents fell by 8%, and the number of child pedestrians injured fell by the same amount.

The only area to show an increase in deaths and injuries was in accidents involving cyclists. The total amount of cyclists injured rose by 2% on the previous year, and worryingly, 2430 of them were killed or seriously injured, 9% more than the year before.

Although encouraging, these figures still indicate that an average of nine people being killed on the roads of Great Britain each and every day.

Last week, we asked whatcar.com readers how many people you thought were killed on UK roads each day, and 40% of you chose the closest answer of 10. Interestingly, 30% of you thought it around 20, and 30% thought it was around five people per day.

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