Reaction To Latest Driver Casualty Figures
With the Department for Transport having recently released its provisional Q1 2012 UK road casualty estimates, leading car insurance comparison site Tiger.co.uk provides its view on road safety trends.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has recently produced its road casualty estimates for 12 months to March 2012. Tiger.co.uk, one of the UK’s leading websites for drivers looking for cheap car insurance quotes, has studied the report and highlighted both some positive long-term improvements as well as some worrying trends in road safety.
Overall there were around 203,000 reported road casualties for the year to March 2012, a 3% decrease on the previous 12 months. Within this, however, the number of killed or seriously injured (KSI) road casualties increased by 1% to just below 25,000.
The long term picture provides a testament to the work of law makers, motor manufacturers and safety campaigners. Over the last 20 years the number of KSI road casualties recorded has dropped from around 50,000 per year to 25,000 per year. This is against a backdrop of an increase in road traffic over the same period of around 20%.
This good news, however, is countered by the report’s findings of more recent trends for some of the more vulnerable groups of road users. Overall casualties recorded amongst motorcyclists and pedal cyclists have risen by 6 and 9% respectively, when the 12 months to March 2012 is compared to the previous year. KSI road casualties for these groups have also increased – by 11% and 6% respectively. And an analysis of pedestrian KSI casualties indicates that these have also increased year-on-year by 6%.
The DfT report also highlights a worrying trend amongst child road casualties, with Q1 2012 numbers of KSI casualties increasing by 9% compared with the same period a year earlier.
These trends have been raised as being of concern to many road safety charities including the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), whose CEO said that “it is unacceptable that road deaths and serious injuries have risen for children, pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists”, pointing towards cuts in council spending, road safety education cuts and the scrapping of casualty targets as possible causes.
Commenting on the Department for Transport report, Andrew Goulborn, Tiger.co.uk’s Commercial Director, said: “The latest road accident figures show that whilst car users appear to be safer, other road users and pedestrians are not. Whilst we welcome the long term decline in serious road traffic casualties, more needs to done to ensure that the most vulnerable road users as well as pedestrians are as well educated and protected as possible”.