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IAM comment on 2012 road casualty statistics‏

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The latest Department for Transport road casualty statistics released today show a decrease in road casualty figures, the lowest number since records began in 1926.
• The number of people killed in road accidents reported to the police decreased to 1,754 in 2012 from 1,901 in 2011 (a fall of 8%).
• The number of people seriously injured decreased by 0.4% to 23,039 in 2012 from 23,122 in 2011. The total number of casualties in road accidents reported to the police in 2012 was 195,723, down 4% from the 2011 total.
• Total reported child causalities (ages 0-15) fell by 11% to 17,251 in 2012.
• The number of children killed or seriously injured also fell, decreasing by 6% to 2,272 in 2012 from 2,412 in 2011.
• There were 420 pedestrian deaths, 7 per cent fewer than in 2011.
• The number of cyclists killed rose by 10 per cent from 107 in 2011 to 118 in 2012.
• The number of car occupant fatalities in 2012 decreased to 801, down 9 per cent compared with 2011. The number of seriously injured car occupants in accidents reported to the police fell by 1 per cent to 8,232. Total reported casualties among car users were 119,708, 4 per cent fewer than 2011.
• The number of motorcycle users killed fell by 9 per cent from 362 in 2011 to 328 in 2012. The number of users reported as seriously injured decreased by 5 per cent to 5,000. Total reported motorcycle user casualties decreased by 4 per cent to 19,310 in 2012. Motorcycle traffic decreased by 2 per cent over the same period.  

IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said: “IAM welcomes a return to the long-term improvements in road safety that the UK has been rightly recognised for. 

Last year was a clear warning for government that complacency in road safety cost lives.”   “The IAM has always warned that failing to match investment in segregated facilities with the growing numbers of cyclists would lead to an increase in death and serious injury and this worrying trend continues.  A ten per cent increase in cycling deaths in a year when the weather suppressed cycling trips is a real red danger signal that simply cannot be ignored.”

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