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Statistics: UK: Road Fatalities 2006

  Posted at 02:59:40 PM
  File under  Statistics
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

The deadly accidents in the UK for 2006 have been published. In total, all vehicles taken into account, the number of people killed on the British roads fell 1%. A total of 3,201 people died in 2005, while "only" 3,172 died in 2006.

In total there were 258,404 road casualties in Great Britain in 2006, 5 per cent less than in 2005. During that time road traffic levels rose by 1 per cent compared to 2005 and the provisional estimate is that the overall casualty rate per 100 million vehicle kilometres  (45 per 100 million vehicle kms) was 6 per cent lower than in 2005 (48 casualties per 100 million vehicle kms).

One of the more interesting figures is that 599 motorcycle riders died (5% higher than 2005), while there were 675 pedestrian deaths (1% increase) during the same time!! Does this mean it's more dangerous to walk than ride ???

In 2000, the Government announced a new road safety strategy and set new targets for reducing casualties by 2010.  It wants to see:
  • 40% reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured in road accidents compared with the average for 1994-98;
  • 50% reduction in the number of children killed or seriously injured;
  • 10% reduction in the slight casualty rate, expressed as the number of people slightly injured per 100 million vehicle kilometres.

Source: UK Department of Transport

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