The Department For Transport (DFT) recently published its figures regarding road traffic accidents (RTA) for the year 2010. There were many pleasing aspects none more so than the number of fatalities arising from RTA falling by a whopping 16% from 2222 in 2009 to 1857 in 2010 (the lowest number since records began way back in 1926 no less).
Welcome Improvements In HighRisk Road User Groups
Furthermore the stats for the total number of RTA casualties and also child casualties fell by 6% and 5% respectively. The biggest allcasualty decline group was motorcyclists with 18686 being 1/10 down on the 2009 figure. Fantastic to see bikers and children both in highrisk groups figures increase so dramatically.
Improvements in vehicle safety the dedication of our emergency services more effective road safety initiatives and the improved attitudes of road users have all surely played an important role in making the UK’s roads safer.
However it’s imperative that all concerned do not rest on their laurels. Worryingly with government spending on road safety being cut and shamefully no targets for future improvements determined as of yet there are fears that these figures could mark the bottom of the casualty curve instead of being part of a continued period of improvement.
Despite General RTA Statistics Improvments Cyclist Fatalities Rise Again
Certainly the DFT statistics regarding cycle safety leave much to be desired with cyclist fatalities rising for a third consecutive year. I will examine the statistics regarding cyclists in a future blog.
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