Britain's roads 'safer than ever'

Roads in Britain are safer than ever with the number of deaths falling to its lowest level since records began.

Department for Transport statistics also showed child deaths were at a record low in 2007, down 20% from 2006. Total fatalities in 2007 were 2,943 - 7% lower than in 2006, with deaths and serious injuries down in all categories of road user except motorcyclists.

There were also fewer road accidents involving personal injury last year in figures that will hearten road safety campaigners.

The figures for 2007 showed 30,720 people were killed or seriously injured - 4% fewer than in 2006. There were 247,780 road casualties in Great Britain in 2007 - 4% fewer than 2006

And the 182,115 road accidents involving personal injury last year represented a 4% drop on 2006. Of these, 27,036 accidents involved death or serious injury - 3% down on the previous year.

But the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured rose 4% to 6,737, while the total casualty figure of 23,459 was 1% up.

Neil Greig, of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said: "There is no place for complacency in road safety. But national targets and the concentration on the simple message of the three 'E's of Education, Enforcement and Engineering have delivered safer roads than ever before."

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