Cycle and drink drive casualties rise

The DfT’s annual road casualty report confirms that in 2012 the number of casualties and fatalities fell for all types of road users except pedal cyclists.

With the exception of cyclists, the figures appear positive – but another concern is that provisional estimates suggest that the number of drink drive fatalities in 2012 increased by around 17%.

Reported road casualties for 2012 show that  there were a total of 195,723 casualties of all severities in road accidents reported to the police (4% fewer than in 2011); 1,754 people were killed (8% fewer than 2011); and 23,039 were seriously injured (a 0.4% decrease).

The figures for road user types show that pedestrian fatalities fell by 7%, motorcycle fatalities fell by 9%, car occupant fatalities by 9%, and goods vehicle occupant fatalities remained the same as in 2011. However, the number of pedal cyclist fatalities increased to 118 in 2012, from 107 in 2011.

Provisional figures suggest that 280 people were killed in drink drive accidents in 2012, an increase of around 17% compared with 2011. Drink driving is estimated to account for 16% of all road deaths in Great Britain.

The DfT says its “best current estimate” derived from National Travel Survey data is that the total of number of road casualties in Great Britain annually, including those not reported to the police, is within the range 630,000 to 790,000 – with a central estimate of 710,000. This is based on data for the five-year period from 2008 to 2012.

While vehicle traffic levels remained broadly stable for the second year running, there was a small fall of 0.4% between 2011 and 2012.

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