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DfT's Annual Road Casualty Report

Posted in General News on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

The Department for Transport (DfT) has recently published its annual Road Casualty Report and it includes some interesting statistics.

The proportion of motorists killed on Britain’s roads after not wearing a seatbelt has risen to a record high. According to the report, 27% of the people who died following a car accident in 2017 were not wearing a seatbelt. This statistic has been part of the DfT’s annual report since 2013 and up until last year the numbers remained fairly consistent, staying between 19 and 22%. When discussing last year’s sudden rise, a DfT spokesperson commented: “The number of deaths where people were not wearing a seat belt is shocking. Up to one in four deaths in a car could have been prevented by simply plugging in before moving.”

The DfT is also concerned by the amount of drivers who were killed as a result of an accident involving someone who was over the drink drive limit. Last year almost 4,000 people who were killed as a result of a crash were intoxicated. This is despite the number of drivers and riders being breathalysed after accidents falling below 100,000 for the first time since the records began. The Breathalyser manufacturing firm, AlcoSense, believes that the rise in the number of drunk drivers losing their lives as a result of fatal crash can be attributed to a reduction in the number of Government backed safety campaigns on the issue. In 2017 the government spent £930,000 on advertising to make drivers aware of the dangers of drink driving. This is almost half the amount spent in 2016. Hunter Abbott, Manging Director of AlcoSense, commented: “Ten years ago, the Government invested over £3.5million in educating drivers about the dangers of drink driving. The spend is now just a quarter of that, so it's not surprising that around 13 per cent of all road deaths still involve at least one driver over the drink drive limit.”

There were a total of 1,793 people killed as a result of a road traffic accident in 2017 which is one less person then the year before and slightly lower than the 2010-2014 average of 1,799. While the amount of people killed in car accidents fell last year the amount of pedestrian and motorcyclist casualties rose by 5% and 9% respectively. Joshua Harris, Director of the road safety charity, Brake, commented: “'We urge the introduction of a more robust driver licensing system, saving young lives and ensuring fitness to drive across all ages; a zero-tolerance limit for drink- and drug-driving, ridding our roads of dangerous and impaired driving; and safer speed limits in our communities and on our rural roads.”

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Graham Holt

Wednesday, October, 3rd, 2018

Very interesting article, really only one comment to make, there MUST be a zero-tolerance in regard to drink and drug driving.

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Mick Guy

Wednesday, October, 3rd, 2018

I was very lucky a yr ago when a very young driver didn't look and pulled out on me. I was injured and still have physical issues a year on. He did admit fault straight away and was later convicted and attended a training course which he successfully passed. My motor cycle had what I thought was light cosmetic damage, so I was shocked when the insurance cost was almost £5000. I just hope he has learnt a lesson, without taking my life.

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Clive Stevens

Wednesday, October, 3rd, 2018

Quite alarming news, I personally believe that Drug Driving needs to be addressed very strongly and urgently??

Robert's Gravatar

Wednesday, October, 3rd, 2018

The road we live on gets used as a race track by motorbikes every weekend. We have to go out on a Sunday because of the noise they make. They go by the house at twice the speed limit, overtake when they should not. They do not obey any of the Highway Code. The council and the police do not do anything about them. We have lived here but not much longer. It is the noise from the motorbikes that has caused us to pack up and leave.

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Barry Davies

Thursday, October, 4th, 2018

Three years ago our road which is used as a rat run to avoid traffic lights was reduced from a 30mph to a 20mph limit. This has resulted in even more speeding some in excess of 70mph. But on contacting the local Police I have been informed that they have carried out several risk assessments because the road is only narrow through the village only to find that the risks are too great to carry out speed checks. If it's not safe for them then what chance do we have?

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Tony Calow

Wednesday, October, 10th, 2018

I`ve been knocked of a motorbike 10 times over a 12 year period and its always the same excuse, "sorry mate, I didn`t see you"! (I rode my bike in all weathers, every day of the year as I didn't have a car) What do we have to do to make you see us? I was wearing reflective gear, had my headlight on and was trying to be as visible as possible and the myopic car drivers STILL dont see us!! The law should be changed so that the car driver is automatically responsible for ANY accident they are involved in. That may change their attitude, although I doubt it! I now dont ride now as my aching old body cant handle the power or the cramped riding position anymore.