There were 1,782 reported road deaths in 2018, similar to the level seen since 2012. This is 1% less compared to 1,793 fatalities in 2017.
The Department for Transport (DfT) report also revealed there were 25,484 serious injuries in road traffic accidents reported to the police in 2018. This was an increase of 3% from the previous year.
Road safety charities have criticised what they call the “stagnation” of Britain’s road safety record. Between 2006 and 2010, there was a period of substantial reduction in fatalities.
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said: “Once again, we are talking about a stagnation in Britain’s road safety record, a situation which must change.
“Whilst the Government’s new road safety action plan set out last week is a step in the right direction, there is always more that can be done to end the unacceptable number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
“We are calling for a commitment by Government to a Vision Zero approach, striving to eliminate road death and serious injury, with clear targets set out to achieving this goal. We would never accept such carnage in rail or aviation so why should we on the road?”
However the DfT says that the serious injuries statistics is not comparable to earlier years due to changes in severity reporting. From 2016 onwards, a large number of police forces changed their reporting systems.
Source: ADI News
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