The Department for Transport has published statistics indicating a reduction in road casualties. The statistical bulletin, “Road Casualties Great Britain 2007: Annual Report”, shows that overall casualty figures are 4% lower than 2006.
Last year, there were 247,780 casualties in Great Britain. 2,946 people were killed, 27,774 seriously injured, and 217,060 suffered minor injuries. In 2006 fatalities were 7% higher, serious injuries 3% higher, and minor injuries 4% higher.
These statistics show progress towards casualty reduction targets. In comparison with 1994 – 1998, there were 36% fewer deaths and serious injuries. During the same period the volume of traffic increased by 16%. By 2010, the government is targeting a further 4% reduction in deaths and serious injuries. This will be achieved through safety schemes and improved vehicle design.