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Increase in UK casualties

3 February 2017

There has been a sharp year-on-year increase in road casualties of all severities, and killed and seriously injured (KSI) casualties on UK roads in the 12-month period ending September 2016.

DfT reports that while the number of road deaths (1,810) rose by a ‘statistically insignificant’ 2%, casualties of all severities (182,560) rose by 4%, and KSI casualties (25,160) increased by 6%.

However, in the same period there was a 1.4% rise in motor traffic levels, meaning the overall casualty rate per vehicle mile fell by 5%.

More information is available from DfT here and comment has been made by a number of organisations here.

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