KSI reductions seen in just a third of police force areas

UK statistics on those killed and seriously injured on the roads show wide regional variations with only a third resulting in improvements.

Figures showing the KSI (Killed and Seriously Injured) statistics by region have been released to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) with the best and worst areas for changes in road casualties between 2013 and 2014 across the country being listed.

According to the statistics, just 14 out of the 43 police areas reduced their KSI figures from the previous year with one area remaining unchanged and 28 seeing an increase in casualties on the roads.

Gwent, Durham and Suffolk showed the best results with improvements in road safety of over 10% with Suffolk having the best improvement in the country with a 17% improvements since 2013 with a reduction in casualties from 242 to 219 in the county.

Conversely, the worst performing regions were Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Surrey and Wiltshire, each with more than a 20% increase in KSI statistics. Derbyshire was the worst performing county in the country with a 38% increase in casualties between 2013 and 2014 from 378 to 522.

According to the official national figures to be released later this week, deaths across the nation increased by 4% and the total number of casualties of all severities rose by 6% to just under 195000 people, the first time this statistic has increased in 18 years.

According to the IAM’s Chief Executive Officer, Sarah Sillars, although a single year’s figures can’t be read as a trend, 2014 was nonetheless not a good year for accidents and should be a wake-up call, that the figures are being scrutinised carefully and that road safety must remain a priority during continued spending cuts.

“With official figures putting the cost to society of every fatality at over £1.7 million (reference 2), investment in road safety is money well spent,” she said.

The IAM has made the following recommendations to the Government to reduce road casualties in the country:

* Re-introduce national road safety targets and measure achievements against them.
* Focus more on skills development and the high quality training of drivers and riders.
* Place more emphasis on reducing pedestrian casualties
* Provide better facilities for the segregation of vulnerable road users

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