The DfT says that the number of fatalities in road accidents was down 13% for the 12 month period ending in June 2008, compared with the same period ending in June 2007. Total casualties for the period fell by 7%.
As well as being safer, Britain's roads are also becoming clearer. DfT statistics show a decrease of 2.2% in overall traffic levels between the third quarters of 2007 and 2008.
Other findings are as follows:
- Car traffic decreased by 2%
- Light van traffic was unchanged
- Heavy goods vehicle traffic decreased by 4%
- Traffic on motorways was decreased by 2%
- Traffic on rural 'A' roads decreased by 3%
- Traffic on urban 'A' roads decreased by 2%
- Traffic rural minor roads and urban minor roads decreased by 2%
So, when you set out into the rush-hour, you can rest assured that average delays on the slowest 10% of journeys have fallen from 3.95 to 3.67 minutes per 10 miles.