Deaths down 12 per cent on UK roads

Britain's roads becoming safer, says Department for Transport report

DEATHS ON UK roads in 2009 were down 12 per cent than in 2008, and down a staggering 38 per cent than average figures recorded between 1994-1998 - that's the latest from The Department for Transport's “Reported Road Casualties Great Britain 2009" annual report.

A total of 222,146 reported casualties of all severities were recorded in 2009, 4 per cent lower than in 2008.

2,222 people were killed, 12 per cent lower than in 2008, 24,690 were seriously injured (down 5 per cent) and 195,234 were slightly injured (down 4 per cent).

The most frequently reported contributory factor was loss of control, which was involved in 36 per cent of fatal accidents.

Motorcycle-related deaths also dropped, down 4 per cent, along with 16 per cent for car occupants, 13 per cent for pedestrians and 10 per cent for pedal cyclists.

In contrast, traffic has risen on UK roads by an estimated 15 per cent since 1998.

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