Fall in motorcycle casualties in Wales

Reduction in injuries and deaths for the first time in five years

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Submitted by Simon Greenacre on Tue, 11/04/2017 - 10:57

Welsh roads

OFFICIAL figures show that the number of motorcyclists killed or injured on Welsh roads has fallen for the first time in five years.

In 2015 there were 693 incident involving motorcycles – a reduction of 56 compared to 2014, which saw the highest number of incidents for seven years.

Death in 2015 stood at 25 – marginally down on the previous year.

Some other statistic from 2015 are that motorcyclists accounted for 41% of those killed or seriously injured on roads in Wales, but only account for 0.2% of traffic on the road. 44% of motorcycle casualities were aged under 30 and 55% of accident occurred at a junction.

Following the figures being published, road safety charity Brake commented that the number of motorcycles involved in serious accidents was still too high and its spokeswoman Lucy Amos said, ‘Motorcyclists, along with cyclists and pedestrians, are among the most vulnerable road users.

‘That's why it's so crucial drivers remain vigilant at all times, and do everything they can to look out for and protect people around them, whether they're on motorbikes, bicycles or on foot.’

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