A website has been launched on which people can view the details of any traffic accident reported to the police in the UK since 2005.
Internet users can visit the site to download a detailed report of each crash, which includes information such as the location and severity of the accident.
The website, in theory, could help to reduce the cost ofcar insurance as road safety organisations might use it to locate accident hotspots and make the routes safer.
It is the first time the public has had unrestricted access to such information, and it was only made possible by road safety organisations compiling the data.
The Department for Transport is soon expected to publish a major study of last year's road casualty statistics, while the website follows on from the Crime Map initiative, which revealed a strong demand for publicly accessible information.
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