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Annual Road Casualty Data Published

Published: 8th June 2012 17:30

Annual Road Casualty Data Published

The total number of reported road casualties in Warwickshire fell in 2011 for the fourth consecutive year.

Recently published figures show that 2,078 road users were reported killed or injured on Warwickshire's roads in 2011. This is a small reduction compared to 2,091 casualties in 2010, but the annual number of road casualties has fallen by about a third over the last decade.

The number of road users killed or seriously injured rose to 313 in 2011, up from 301 in 2010 (the lowest ever recorded), with fatal casualties rising from 25 to 33. There were also noticeable increases in the number of deaths or serious injuries amongst motorcyclists, cyclists, older road users and 16-24 year old drivers and passengers.

Cyclist casualties rose by 24 to 163, however this figure remains below the recent peak of 168 experienced in 2008. There were 171 motorcyclists killed or seriously injured in 2011, which after 2010, when 150 riders were killed or seriously injured, is the second lowest number of casualties on record amongst this user group.

For the second year running, there has also been a slight rise in the number of 16 to 24 year old road users killed or seriously injured, however the total number of casualties in this age group fell for the fifth successive year.

The number of child casualties, at 144 is 22 per cent lower than in 2010, pedestrian casualties fell for the third successive year, down to 149, and the downward trend in car occupant casualties has also continued. All three of these road user groups experienced the lowest number of reported annual casualties in recent history.

Warwickshire County Councillor Richard Hobbs, Portfolio Holder for Community Protection said: "The 2011 road casualty figures present a very mixed picture. It is encouraging that there have been improvements in some areas, particularly a reduction in overall road casualties. On the other hand it is disappointing that fatal and serious injury casualties have increased.

"However, looking at the longer term picture, this is the first time fatal and serious injuries have increased since 1997, and the number of deaths and serious injuries is less then half what it was a decade ago. Our challenge now is to build on the areas where progress has been made and to work hard to ensure that the rise in fatal and serious injuries doesn't become a trend."

Superintendent Adrian McGee, head of Incident Resolution at Warwickshire Police, added: "Road safety remains a priority and Warwickshire Police and our partner agencies are continuing to work hard to prevent death and injury by educating road users to use the roads safely, enforcing traffic laws and making the roads safer to use through engineering. However, we also need road users to play their part by acting responsibly and being considerate to the needs and safety of others at all times."

The 2011 edition of ‘Reported Road Casualties Warwickshire', a report containing a detailed breakdown of road collisions and casualties is available atwww.warwickshire.gov.uk/roadcasualties.

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