DfT: Road death numbers increase

More people have been killed in road accidents in the first half of this year compared with the same period of 2010, the Government has said.

Between January and June 940 people died on UK roads, a rise of 6.7% on 2010's first-half total of 881.

Department for Transport statistics show that 500 people were killed on the roads between April and June alone, up 7% on the same quarter of last year, despite the 2011 period having 1% less traffic.

In the first three months of the year 440 people died in road accidents, 26 more than the number of fatalities a year before.

However, total casualties for the first half of the year were down on 2010 levels. The number of people either slightly or seriously injured, as well as being killed, between January and June totalled 95,580, compared with 100,383 last year.

When comparing fatalities for springtime, 3% fewer casualties were recorded for this year compared with 2010.

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