DfT Releases 2012 Road Casualty Report | Book Theory Test Today Gives its Verdict
The department for transport has released official data which accounts for the number of reported road casualties on Britain’s roads. The data, which relates to incidents that took place in 2012, are taken from ‘STAT 19’ forms completed by the police when an RTA (Road Traffic Accident) occurs that involves casualties.
From the report Book Theory Test Today identified the following key findings:
* The number of people killed in road accidents reported to the police decreased to 1,754 in 2012 from 1,901 in 2011 (a fall of 8 per cent). This is the lowest figure since national records began in 1926.
* The number of people seriously injured decreased by 0.4 per cent to 23,039 in 2012 from 23,122 in 2011. This figure is 15 per cent lower than the 2005-09 average.
* The total number of casualties in road accidents reported to the police in 2012 was 195,723, down 4 per cent from the 2011 total. The total number of people seriously injured has fallen by 15 per cent from the 2005-09 average.
* Total reported child causalities (ages 0-15) fell by 11 per cent to 17,251 in 2012. The number of children killed or seriously injured also fell, decreasing by 6 per cent to 2,272 in 2012 from 2,412 in 2011.
* A total of 145,571 personal-injury road accidents were reported to the police in 2012, 4 per cent lower than in 2011.
* Vehicle traffic levels have remained broadly stable for the second year running, though there was a small fall of 0.4 per cent between 2011 and 2012.
A Book Theory Test Today spokesperson said: “What’s interesting about the figures, although not highlighted in the key findings, is the number of accidents involving ‘drivers’ that had not passed their driving test. A staggering 20% of accidents involved drivers holding a provisional licence who had not passed a driving theory test or a practical test for a car or motorcycle.”
Further figures in the report also allude to the number of uninsured drivers involved in an accident that resulted in casualties either requiring hospital treatment or suffered a fatality. An astonishing 32% of accidents involved uninsured drivers.
A statement from a Metropolitan Police spokesperson revealed: “These are just the cases reported to the police; the actual number of incidents may be higher as many accidents are not reported to the police.”
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