Official stats reveal deadliest regions to drive in Britain

Official stats reveal deadliest regions to drive in Britain
The dangers of rural roads have been underlined ahead of the UK’s Road Safety Week.

Official statistics show nearly three in five (58%) of 1,784 road deaths last year occurred on rural roads. 

Powys in Wales topped the list of most deadly places to drive, averaging eight fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants a year.

Major cities feature much further down the dangerous driving list, with Leeds averaging 3.2 deaths a year and Sheffield, 2.16.

In comparison, East Lindsey in Lincolnshire averages 7.53 fatalities a year and Perth and Kinross, 7.14.

Department for Transport (DfT) figures spanning five years were analysed in time for Road Safety Week (November 18–24), and highlight the danger of rural accident hotspots.

AreaAv. annual fatal accidents per 100k people
Powys8.00
East Lindsey7.53
Perth & Kinross7.14
Highland6.96
Aberdeenshire5.43
Cheshire East4.31
Northumberland4.14
East Riding of Yorkshire3.95
Central Bedfordshire3.81
Doncaster3.48
Cornwall3.37
Leeds3.20
Cheshire West and Cheshire3.17
Shropshire3.08
Wiltshire3.07
Sheffield2.16
County Durham2.06
Manchester2.02
Birmingham1.82

Over a third of fatalities over the period (646) occurred on urban roads, while the remaining 6% (107) were the result of crashes on motorways.

Almost two thirds (63%) of accidents leading to any type of injury took place on urban roads; 33% on rural roads, the remaining 5% on motorways.

The analysis was made by fuel and lubricant supplier Crown Oil. Project manager, Dave Webb said: ”The figures are frightening and highlight the importance of taking care on the roads, especially as we head into winter.”

department-for-transport-casualties-by-road-type

Source: Department for Transport

 

A formula where fatalities over five years were also considered by length of road, give results for the UK’s deadliest roads. 

The 10-mile A61 in Barnsley emerges as the most dangerous per kilometre stretch with 20 deaths – working out at 0.4 per 100km.

RoadFatal accidents per 100km
A610.40
A310.12
A1(M)0.11
A200.07
A130.06
A5050.05
A20.05
A30.05
M400.04
A40.04
A100.04
A60.03
A500.03
A120.03
A350.03
A520.03
M40.03
A150.03
A490.03
A570.03

Annual fatality figures have remained around 1,700 over the past five years – a 30% drop compared to 2008.

The government report says there is “no single underlying factor that drives road casualties” but points to a combination of influences, including the distance people travel, the mix of transport modes used and the behaviour of drivers, riders and pedestrians.

The number of total annual accidents has steadily decreased over the past five years from 146,332 in 2014 to 122,635 in 2018 - a difference of -16%.

Do you live in one of the accident hotspots above? Do you think more needs to be done for road safety? Share your thoughts below.

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