UK roads generally safer in 2012

UK roads generally safer in 2012

There was a drop in the total of deaths on Britain's roads last summer, but provisional Government figures reveal the number of child pedestrians killed or seriously injured increased by eight per cent on the previous year.

In all, 474 people died in reported road accidents from July to September last year, down five per cent on the 2011 figure of 494.

There were 6,620 casualties including serious injuries, 20 fewer than the 6,640 recorded in summer 2011. Minor injuries dropped three per cent to 44,140 last summer.

Including minor injuries, the number of child casualties dropped by nine per cent, but the number of people killed or seriously injured went up from 390 in summer 2011 to 420 in the same period in 2012.

The number of pedestrians and cyclists killed or seriously injured increased by six per cent and seven per cent respectively, while deaths and serious injuries among car users dropped six per cent and motorcyclists were down two per cent.

The total number of accidents involving deaths decreased by five per cent to 440 last summer, while the overall figure for accidents dropped two per cent to 37,700.

Copyright Press Association 2013