London comes out on top

Analysis of 2011 casualty stats shows that London was the top performer while the south east region performed least well, in terms of year-on-year casualty reduction, according to the IAM.

The IAM has analysed the DfT’s annual casualty report for 2011, which shows that the rate of reported killed or seriously injured (KSI) casualties in south east England increased by 10% compared with 2010, which corresponds to 45 more KSI incidents per million people.

Meanwhile in London the number of KSIs decreased by 6% compared with the previous year. And in the north of England (north west, north east and Yorkshire and the Humber) there was very little movement either way. However, the north east of England has the lowest rate of KSI casualties of all regions (329 per million).

Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “It is unacceptable that road deaths and serious injuries have risen since 2010 in several regions, as well as at a national level.

“Ministers should take this as a serious warning. Cutting road safety education and reductions in local authority spending all suggest that road safety isn’t a major priority for this Government.

“The Government must bring back targets for road safety. While our real aim should be for no deaths or injuries – as is the case on the railways – simply meeting the European target of reducing deaths by 50% by 2020 would in itself save 1,000 lives.”

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