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UK Road Casualties Decreased to 1,713 Fatally Injured

The U.K.'s Department for Transport revealed that road deaths decreased by 2 percent in 2013 compared to the year before, which is the lowest figure since national records began in 1926. Compared to 2012, people that have been seriously injured in traffic accidents also decreased by 6 percent to 21,657 reported cases.
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Responsible for the transport network and run by the Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin, the DfT tells that motorways are the safest roads in the country, while the highest rate of fatalities has been recorded on out of town lanes. If you thought that traffic is getting worse, you're right – the overall increase in traffic from 2012 to 2013 sits at 0.4 percent.

In 2013 alone, the police has been informed about 183,670 road accidents. Out of these, total reported child casualties of all severities (0 – 15-year olds) dropped by 9 percent to 15,756, while 138,660 personal-injury road accidents were reported, which is 5 percent fewer than in 2012. Furthermore, simple arithmetics show that since the year 2000, the total number of seriously injured in road accidents decreased a whopping 43 percent.

By road user type, casualties killed in police-reported accidents show that car occupants are most at risk (46 percent), followed by pedestrians (23 percent), motorcyclists (19 percent) and pedal cyclists (6 percent). Data provided by the DfT also shows that some 52 percent of road fatalities have happened in 'non built-up' areas. As opposed to the 2005 – 2009 average, car occupant casualties dropped dramatically, with 44 percent fewer killed and 34 percent fewer people seriously injured.

According to the Department of Transport, technological and engineering improvements to vehicles and highways played an important role in both avoiding accidents and minimising their consequences, while improved education and training has produced better and safer drivers.


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