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IAM comment on latest road casualty statistics

The latest Department for Transport road casualty statistics show an increase in casualties for vulnerable road users.

According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), the figures show that:

  • There were 1,760 fatalities in road accidents in the year ending 2012, a 7% drop from the year ending September 2011 (1,883).
  • However, the number of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists killed or seriously injured increased by 6, 8 and 4% respectively in the same period.
  • This means 6,040 pedestrians, 3,270 cyclists and 5,440 motorcyclists were killed or seriously injured between October 2011 and September 2012.
  • The number of fatal accidents on major roads (motorways and A roads) fell by 9% and the number of fatal or serious accidents fell by 2%.
  • However, fatal and serious accidents rose by 5% on minor roads and similarly 5% on built-up roads.

The IAM would like to see:

  • Changes to the driving test to make drivers much more aware of cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Improved infrastructure for cyclists, including more segregated cycle paths.
  • The government commit to reinstate funding for road safety campaigns and education.
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