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    ROAD DEATHS AND CASUALTIES FALL DRAMATICALLY

    Deaths on the road tumble by 17% in 2010 despite small fall in traffic levels

    The Department for Transport has published detailed statistics about the circumstances of personal injury accidents, including the types of vehicles involved, the resulting casualties and factors which may contribute to accidents. In addition to detailed tables there are six articles containing further analysis on specific road safety topics.

    The number of deaths on the road fell by 17% (1850) although the number pedal cycle fatalities rose by 7%. It estmated that 14% of the deaths occurred in “drink drive accidents”. Failure to “look properly” was the most frequently reported (40%) contributory factor in all accidents.

    Key findings from the 2010 report
    • A total of 208,648 casualties of all severities in road accidents reported to the police, 6 per cent lower than in 2009. There were 1,850 people killed, 17 per cent lower than in 2009 and 22,660 were seriously injured, down 8 per cent. Motor vehicle traffic fell by 2 per cent over the same period.
    • The number of fatalities fell for almost all types of road user, with a fall of 21 per cent for car occupants, 19 per cent for pedestrians, 15 per cent for motorcyclists. Pedal cycle fatalities rose by 7 per cent.
    • In 2010, it is estimated that 9,700 reported casualties (5 per cent of all road casualties) occurred when someone was driving whilst over the legal alcohol limit. The provisional number of people estimated to have been killed in drink drive accidents was 250 (14 per cent of all road fatalities).
    • Failed to look properly was again the most frequently reported contributory factor and was reported in 40 per cent of all accidents reported to the police in 2010.
    • Not all non-fatal accidents are reported to the police. Our best current estimate is that the total number of road casualties in Great Britain, including those not reported to police, is within the range 660 thousand to 800 thousand with a central estimate of 730 thousand.
    • In 2010, the economic welfare cost of reported road accidents was estimated to be around £15 billion.

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