UK road deaths fall to record low

The number of deaths on British roads fell 16% year-on-year to an all-time low of 1,857 in 2010, provisional Government figures have shown.

Official data showed an 8% year-on-year drop in the number of people reported killed or seriously injured in 2010, to 22,660.

Total casualties (slight injuries, serious injuries and deaths) in road accidents reported to the police in 2010 fell 6% year-on-year to 208,655.

A total of 19,569 child casualties (ages 0-15) were reported last year, down 5% on 2009.

The number of children killed or seriously injured dropped 6% year-on-year to 2,502 in 2010.

There was a 2% fall in motor vehicle traffic levels last year.

Professor Stephen Glaister, director ofRAC Foundation, said: "These are excellent figures. But what comes next?

"Against a backdrop of falling Government spending, the loss of road safety expertise at local council level and no long-term targets, there is a danger these figures could mark the bottom of the casualty curve rather than another milestone on the route towards more reductions in years to come.

"Many European countries are aiming to reduce road deaths by around 50% over the next decade. We must not be overtaken by others in the drive to cut casualties but redouble our efforts to keep up the good work."

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