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Regional breakdown of road safety statistics

Posted in: Road Traffic Accidents 

The South East of England has seen less improvement in its road safety than any other region in England, according to IAM’s analysis of recent data produced by the Department for Transport.

Figures for 2011 show that the rate of reported killed or seriously injured (KSI) casualties in the South East of England has increased by 10% since 2010, corresponding to 45 more KSI incidents per million people.

The region that has made the greatest improvement is London, which has seen a decrease in the rate of KSI casualties on the roads by 6% (81 casualties) since 2010.

Other data includes:

  • In 2011 there was an increase of 160 on the 2010 total figure of reported KSI casualties in the West Midlands.
  • There was an increase in the rate of KSI incidents in the East Midlands between 2010 and 2011, from 463 to 478 per million population.
  • The South West of England has seen a steady decline in KSI figures since 2005, with the rate continuing to decrease by an additional 1% between 2010 and 2011.
  • In 2011 the East of England saw a drop of 5% on the 2010 KSI figure.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said:

The government must bring back targets for road safety. While our real aim should be for no deaths or injuries – as is the case on the railways – simply meeting the European target of reducing deaths by 50% by 2020 would in itself save a thousand lives.



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