Road Safety Wales

Road Safety Wales : Statistics

Pedestrian Road Casualties, Wales, 2013
2/7/14

An annual report which includes information on age and sex of casualty, type of road, speed limit, location of pedestrian when hit, type of vehicle involved and time of accident.

Key points

  • In 2013, the number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured (KSI) totalled 260.

  • Since 1979, the number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured has dropped by 73 per cent.
  • Casualties classed as slightly injured numbered 792 in 2013 – a drop of some 60 per cent since 1979.
  • The number of child KSI pedestrian casualties totalled just 63 in 2013, 19 per cent higher than the previous year but 83 per cent lower than in 1979.
  • Child pedestrian casualties account for around a quarter of all pedestrian casualties.
  • Around 1 in 5 of all child pedestrian casualties are reported to be school pupils on a journey to or from school.


Pedal Cyclist Casualties, Wales, 2013
2/7/14

An annual report that includes information on age and sex of casualty, type of road, speed limit and time of accident.

Key points

  • The number of killed or seriously injured (KSI) cyclists peaked in 1984, then declined until 2000; since 2000 the numbers have fluctuated within a broad range between 61 and 84 casualties per year, but in 2011 this increased to 118 casualties. Numbers fell back to 84 in 2012 but rose again in 2013 to 100.
  • Men comprise the majority of pedal cyclist casualties, over the whole period from 2004 to 2013 they accounted for 86 per cent of all casualties.
  • The total number of child pedal cyclist casualties fell by 64 per cent between 2004 and 2013, from 203 in 2004 to 74 in 2013. Over the same period child KSI casualties fell from 23 to 16.
  • The proportion of all KSI pedal cyclist casualties that were children dropped from 35 per cent of all KSI casualties in 2004 to 16 per cent in 2013.


Motorcycle User Casualties, Wales, 2013
2/7/14

A report which includes information on the risks of motorcycling, bike engine capacity, time of accidents, local conditions and casualties by age, gender, junction location and local authority area.

Key points

  • In 2013, there were 17 motorcyclist fatalities on Welsh roads. This is the lowest figure since Welsh records began in 1979.
  • In 2013, there were 229 seriously injured motorcyclist casualties, giving the total number killed or seriously injured (KSI) at 246 casualties during the year.
  • There were 439 slightly injured motorcyclist casualties; this figure was higher than the number of slight casualties in each year since 2009.


Police Recorded Road Casualties, Wales, 2013
3/6/14

The latest National Statistics produced by the Welsh Government were released on 28 May 2014 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

UK Statistics Authority website Statistics include data for Wales for the period up to the end of December 2013. The latest release updates the statistics previously released on 29 May 2013.

The key points from the latest release are:

  • During 2013 there were 5,895 road accidents involving personal injury recorded by the police in Wales, a fall of 1 per cent compared to 2012.

These accidents resulted in 8,335 casualties, 230 (3 per cent) fewer than in 2012. Within this total:

  • 111 people were killed on Welsh roads in 2013, some 18 (19 per cent) more than in 2012;
  • 1,033 people were seriously injured in 2013, 92 (10 per cent) more than in 2012
  • 7,191 people were slightly injured, a decrease of 340 (5 per cent) compared with 2012.

Document Download

PDF Police recorded casualties 2013

Excel Tables: Police recorded casualties 2013


Young People Road Casualties 2012
13/1/14

The Welsh Government recently released an annual report about road traffic casualties amongst young people, that is people aged between 16 and 24 inclusive.

Additional analysis relating to young people and road accidents and casualties on Welsh trunk roads from 2009 to 2012 is also included at Annex A.

Key points

Higher risk of road traffic casualties for young people

  • Young people aged 16 to 24 were 12 per cent of the population in 2012, but were 27 per cent of the killed and seriously injured (KSI) casualties over the five year period 2008 to 2012 inclusive.

Passenger casualties

  • The relative risk of becoming a casualty for young people is much higher as a passenger than as a pedestrian or driver. Young people aged 16 to 19 were 5 per cent of the population in 2012, but they accounted for 25 per cent of all passenger fatalities over the five year period 2008 to 2012 inclusive.
  • Over half (51 per cent) of passenger casualties aged 16 to 19 were in vehicles driven by drivers aged between 17 and 19.

Drivers’ involvement in accidents

  • Between 2008 and 2012, young people aged 17 to 19 were 4 per cent of the population (mid-2012 figures), but 9 per cent of all drivers (5,228) in accidents were aged 17-19.

See report

Annex A


Road Casualties : Pedestrians 2012

24/7/13

UK Statistics Authority websiteThe latest National Statistics produced by the Welsh Government were released on 23 July 2013 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

  • in 2012, the number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured (KSI) totalled 203 – their lowest levels since 1979
  • since 1979, the number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured has dropped by 79 per cent
  • casualties classed as slightly injured numbered 1,007 in 2012 – a drop of some 66 per cent since 1979
  • the number of child KSI pedestrian casualties totalled just 53 in 2012, 35 per cent lower than the previous year and 85 per cent lower than in 1979
  • child pedestrian casualties account for around a third of all pedestrian casualties
  • around 1 in 4 of all child pedestrian casualties are reported to be school pupils on a journey to or from school.

Road Casualties Pedestrians 2012


Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain: Main Results 2012
27/6/13

Today sees the publication of Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain: Main Result 2012. This publication presents statistics on personal-injury accidents in 2012 on public roads (including footways) in Great Britain, which became known to the police.

Figures are derived from the ‘STATS 19’ forms completed by the police. These collect detailed data on individual personal-injury road accidents, covering the circumstances of the accident and the casualties and vehicles involved. The resulting data are supplied to local authorities and to the Department for Transport.

Figures for deaths refer to persons who sustained injuries which caused death within 30 days of the accident.

Summary statistics are published quarterly. A more comprehensive analysis of 2012 casualty statistics will be published later this year.

Overall results

  • The number of people killed in road accidents reported to the police decreased to 1,754 in 2012 from 1,901 in 2011. This means that there were 147 fewer deaths in 2012 in comparison with the previous year, a fall of 8 per cent. This is the lowest number of people killed in road accidents on record and an apparent return to the downward trend that ran from 2003 to 2010.
  • The number of people seriously injured decreased by 0.4 per cent to 23,039 in 2012 from 23,122 in 2011. The overall 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.
  • A total of 145,571 personal-injury road accidents were reported to the police in 2012, 4 per cent lower than in 2011. This total is the fewest reported accidents in a single year apart from 1926 and 1927, the first two years national records were kept. This is in the context of a 0.4 per cent decrease in traffic between 2011 and 2012.

Find out more here


Police Recorded Road Casualties, Wales,2012

3/6/13

The latest National Statistics produced by the Welsh Government were released on 29 May 2013 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

UK Statistics Authority website Statistics include data for Wales for the period up to the end of December 2012. The latest release updates the statistics previously released on 22 May 2012.

The key points from the latest release are:

  • during 2012 there were 5,971 road accidents involving personal injury recorded by the police in Wales, 463 (7 per cent) fewer than in 2011

These accidents resulted in 8,565 casualties, 841 (9 per cent) fewer than in 2011. Within this total:

  • 93 people were killed on Welsh roads in 2012, some 28 (23 per cent) fewer than in 2011, it is estimated that this was the second lowest figure for road deaths in Wales (the lowest level was 2010) since the mid 1920s; and it is a little over a fifth of the peak level for the number of people killed on the roads in Wales, which was in 1974 at 424 deaths
  • 941 people were seriously injured in 2012, 185 (16 per cent) less than in 2011
  • 7,531 people were slightly injured, a decrease of 628 (8 per cent) compared with 2011

Document Download

PDF Document (MFS) SDR 84/2013 Police recorded road casualties, 2012 (File size: 188KB)

MS Excel (MFS) Tables: Police recorded road casualties, 2012 (File size: 163KB)

MS Excel (MFS) Tables: Police recorded road casualties, 2012: by local authority (File size: 3.51MB)


Road Casualties: Drinking and Driving, 2011

21/11/12

UK Statistics Authority websiteThe latest National Statistics on 2011 Road Casualties Wales: Drinking and Driving produced by the Welsh Government were released on 21 November 2012 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.


Statistics on 2011 Road Casualties Wales: Drinking and Driving include data for the period up to the end of December 2011. The latest release updates the statistics previously released on 1st December 2011.

The available sources of information about drink driving and accidents suggest that drivers with blood alcohol levels above the legal limit for driving (currently 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood) were involved in a significant minority of accidents in Wales. They also suggest that these drivers were more likely to be involved in more serious accidents that result in death or serious casualties.

The uncertainty of the data makes it impossible to get an exact estimate, but, taking killed and serious injury accidents (KSI) together; estimates made for the Department of Transport (DfT) suggest that in 2010, around 7 per cent of these accidents in Wales involved drivers over the blood alcohol limit. These accidents resulted in 9 per cent of all killed and serious casualties. Police Officers’ views about the ‘contributory factors’ that led to accidents in Wales also suggest a figure of 7 per cent of KSI accidents in Wales during 2011 involving drivers that were ‘impaired by alcohol’.

Other information about drink driving suggests that in 2010:

Around a third of car drivers killed in traffic collisions were over the drink-drive limit;

No motorcycle riders killed were over the drink drive limit; and

•In 2011, there were 150 accidents where the reporting police officer considered that a pedestrian(s) being ‘impaired by alcohol’ was a contributory factor to that accident.

Drug driving

•For every seven accidents where the driver was impaired by alcohol, there was around 1 accident where he/she was ‘impaired by drugs’, both illegal and medicinal.

Breath tests of drivers taken after accidents show:

•No marked seasonal pattern in casualties over a year arising from accidents where one or more of the drivers involved tested positive;


•More drivers in accidents test positive on the weekend rather than a weekday, and that they are more likely to test positive after traditional working hours, between 18:00 to 04:00.

Road Casualties Drinking and Driving 2011


Road Casualties: Comparing Police Data (STATS19) with Other Sources of Information

13/11/12

UK Statistics Authority websiteThis article looks at information collected in the Crime Survey for England and Wales in order to estimate how many adults aged 16 and over and resident in Wales were either involved in, or injured in, road traffic accidents.

It compares these figures with the official figures for the number of road traffic casualties reported by the police in Wales through the Stats19 road accidents and casualties reporting system and discusses the meaning and implications of these results.

The Article also compares hospital admissions resulting from road traffic accidents with the ‘seriously injured’ casualties recorded by the Stats19 data.  This shows that Stats19 data are lower than hospital admissions for serious road traffic casualties arising from single vehicle accidents.  Other differences are that the hospital admissions figures show a higher proportion of child pedal cyclists and a higher proportion of elderly car occupants as being admitted to hospital as compared with seriously injured casualties from the Stats19.

Finally, the Article compares the Stats19 figures on road traffic fatalities with the official mortality data.  The two series are of similar magnitude, even though they do not match in any individual year.    There is no tendency for either series to be systematically lower or higher than the other and they both, broadly, fell during the 2000’s.

Road Casualties. Compairing Police Data with Other Sources of Information


Road Statistical Bulletin November, 2012

6/11/12

UK Statistics Authority websiteThe latest National Statistics on ‘Police Recorded Road Casualties in Wales: Quarterly Provisional Estimates 2nd Quarter 2012’produced by the Welsh Government were published on 6th November 2012 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.


The South Wales police Road accident data have not been included in this First Release. The robustness of the data has been questioned and is under investigation. Until the Welsh Government is satisfied with the South Wales second quarter data for 2012, these data will not be released.

Comparing the most recent 12 month period, that is July 2011 to June 2012, with the previous 12 month period, July 2010 to June 2011, shows:

•The total number of casualties in Gwent has declined by 19 per cent,
•The total number of casualties in North Wales has declined by 9 per cent,
•The total number of casualties in Dyfed Powys has declined by 4 per cent.

Police Recorded Road Casualties Quarter 2 2012


Reported Road Casualties Great Britain: annual report 2011

Key findings from the 2011 report include:

  • In 2011, there were a total of 203,950 casualties of all severities in road accidents reported to the police, 2 per cent lower than in 2010. There were 1,901 people killed, a 3 per cent increase than in 2010 and 23,122 were seriously injured, up 2 per cent. Motor vehicle traffic increased slightly (0.2 per cent) over the same period.
  • The number of fatalities fell for three types of road user, with a fall of 22 per for bus and coach occupants, 10 per cent for motor cyclists, 4 per cent for pedal cyclists. Pedestrian and Car occupants rose by 12 and 6 per cent respectively.
  • In 2011, it is estimated 9,990 reported casualties (5 per cent of all road casualties) occurred when someone was driving whilst over the legal alcohol limit. The provisional number of people estimated to have been killed in drink drive accidents was 280 (15 per cent of all road fatalities)
  • The rate per billion vehicle miles for total casualties in reported road accidents and the rate of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) in 2011 were both 15 per cent lower than the 2005-09 average. For fatalities alone, the 2011 rate was 32 per cent lower than the average.
  • Failed to look properly was again the most frequently reported contributory factor and was reported in 42 per cent of all accidents reported to the police in 2011.
  • In 2011, the economic welfare cost of reported road accidents was estimated to be around £15.6 billion.

View more here


Road Statistical Bulletin August, 2012

14/9/12

UK Statistics Authority websiteThe latest National Statistics on Road Safety produced by the Welsh Assembly Government were released on 21 August 2012 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.


Statistics on Road Safety include data for Wales for the period up to the end of December 2011. The latest release updates the statistics previously released on 16th December 2010.

In 2011;

There were a total of 9,406 reported casualties of all severities, 6 per cent lower that in 2010;

•121 people were killed, 36 per cent more than in 2010,
•1,126 people were seriously injured, 13 per cent more than 2010,
•8,159 people were slightly injured, 8 per cent less than 2010.

Road Safety Statistical Bulletin August 2012


Older Driver User Casualties, 2011

03/07/12

UK Statistics Authority websiteA statistical bulletin entitled ‘Older drivers and road accidents, 2011’ was published on 3rd July 2012 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

The key points in this bulletin cover the following issues for all older drivers:

•Around 1 in 10 accidents involve a driver aged 70 or older.
•Around 1 in 10 road accident casualties occurs in accidents where at least one driver is aged 70 or older.
•Around one in 20 drivers involved in road accidents in Wales are aged 70 or older.
•617 drivers aged 70 or over were involved in 595 road accidents in 2011.
•14 of these drivers were involved in fatal accidents, 112 in serious accidents and 491 in slight accidents.
•6 per cent of the drivers (of known age) involved in all motorised vehicle accidents.

http://wales.gov.uk/topics/statistics/headlines/olderdriver


Young Driver User Casualties, 2011

03/07/12

UK Statistics Authority websiteA statistical bulletin entitled ‘Young drivers and road accidents, 2011’ was published on 3rd July 2012 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority


The key points in this bulletin cover the following issues for all young drivers:

In 2011, drivers aged up to and including age 24 represented;

•23 per cent of the drivers involved in all motorised vehicle accidents and 21 per cent of drivers involved in fatal or serious accidents.
•27 per cent of drivers involved in single vehicle accidents.
•37 per cent of drivers involved in accidents who subsequently tested positive for blood alcohol.
•32 per cent of motorcycle riders involved in motorcycle accidents.
Looking at the five years 2007 to 2011, the local authority area with the highest proportion of young drivers involved in accidents, out of all drivers of motor vehicles, was Blaenau Gwent.

http://wales.gov.uk/topics/statistics/headlines/youngdrivers


Motorcycle User Casualties, 2011

26/06/12

UK Statistics Authority websiteA statistical bulletin entitled ‘Motorcycle User Casualties, 2011’ was published on 26th June 2012 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

The key points from the latest release are:

•Motorcyclists represent 0.8 per cent of traffic in Wales whist motorcycle riders comprised 39 per cent of fatal and serious casualties of all motor vehicle drivers.
•In 2011, the chance of a motorcycle rider being killed or seriously injured, per kilometre travelled, is around 61 times greater than for a car driver.
•Since 2003 approximately 89 per cent of motorcyclist casualties are male.
•Since 2003, casualties aged 30 and over have exceeded those aged under 30.
•Casualties aged 30 and over tend to be ride machines of over 500cc engine capacity, and account for just under 70 per cent of the casualties within this group.
•In 2011, the highest numbers of motorcyclist casualties were in Powys and Swansea. 

http://wales.gov.uk/topics/statistics/headlines/motorcycle


Pedestrian Road Casualties, 2011

26/06/12

UK Statistics Authority websiteA statistical bulletin entitled ‘Pedestrian Road Casualties, 2011’ was published on 26th June 2012 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.  

The key points from the latest release are:

•In 2011 pedestrian casualties represented 21 per cent of Killed and Seriously Injured (KSI) road traffic casualties and 11 per cent of slight casualties in Wales.
•In 2011, there were 24 pedestrian fatalities, 237 serious pedestrian casualties and 893 slight pedestrian casualties, as a total this is the third lowest level since 1979.
•The casualty rates (rate of casualties per 100,000 population) for men and boys is higher than that for women and girls up to the age of around 40 (other than slight casualties for the aged 12 to 15 band); they are then fairly similar.
•The risk of becoming a KSI pedestrian casualty is highest for older children (aged 8 to 11) and young teenagers (aged 12 to 15); at those ages, the risk of a young person becoming a pedestrian casualty is higher than their risk from pedal cycling or car use.
•Pedestrian casualties for ‘working age’ adults are associated with times when individuals leave work, or leave public houses and night clubs.
•In 2002, hit and run incidents accounted for 281 pedestrian casualties in total; this rose to a peak of 299 in 2003, in 2011 it stood at 220.


The key points in this bulletin cover the following issues for child (aged 0-15) pedestrian casualties:

•In 2011, there were 82 child KSI pedestrian casualties, an increase of 15 per cent from the previous year.
•Child pedestrian casualties have declined as a proportion of all pedestrian casualties since 2002.
•Since 2002, around 1 in 4 of all child pedestrian casualties were reported to be school pupils on a journey to or from school.
•Child pedestrian casualties of all severities peak around the times of 08:00 in the morning and 15:00 in the afternoon during the period from Monday to Friday.

http://wales.gov.uk/topics/statistics/headlines/pedestrians


Pedal Cyclist Casualties, 2011

26/06/12

UK Statistics Authority websiteA statistical bulletin entitled ‘Pedal Cyclist Casualties, 2011’ was published on 26th June 2012 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

The key points from the release are:

•In 2011 pedal cyclist casualties represented 9 per cent of Killed and Seriously Injured (KSI) road traffic casualties and 5 per cent of slight casualties in Wales.
•In 2011, there were 11 pedal cyclist fatalities, 107 serious casualties and 403 slightly injured pedal cyclist casualties.
•There was a sharp increase in KSI casualties during 2011 for cyclists aged between 30 and 49.
•Over the past ten years, the decline in total pedal cyclist casualties has been greatest amongst children.
•On weekdays, pedal cyclist casualties are highest at the end of the school-day and the working-day; there is a lower peak in mornings during the period people are cycling to work or school.
•Since 2002, just under one in five pedal cyclist casualties have occurred in the Cardiff local authority

.
The key points in this bulletin cover the following issues for child (aged 0-15) pedestrian casualties.

•Child pedal cyclist casualties fell by 46 per cent, from 214 in 2002 to 115 in 2011.
•The proportion of KSI pedal cyclists that were aged 0-15 dropped from 37 per cent of all KSI cyclist casualties in 2002 to 18 per cent in 2011.
•The majority of child pedal cyclist casualties occurred between midday and 17:00 hours, with a peak at, and immediately after, the time when children leave school.
•In Blaenau Gwent, child pedal cyclist casualties account for 64 per cent of all pedal cyclist casualties since 2002.

http://wales.gov.uk/topics/statistics/headlines/pedalcyclists


Police Recorded Road Casualties, 2011

23/5/12

The latest National Statistics on Road Casualties produced by the Welsh Government were released on 22 May 2012 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

UK Statistics Authority websiteStatistics on road casualties include data for Wales for the period up to the end of December 2011.

The key points from the latest release are:

  • During 2011 there were 6,434 road accidents involving personal injury recorded by the police in Wales, 416 (6 per cent) fewer than in 2010.
  • These accidents resulted in 9,406 casualties, 549 (6 per cent) fewer than in 2010. Within this total:
  • 121 people were killed on Welsh roads in 2011, 32 (36 per cent) more than in 2010.
  • 1,126 people were seriously injured in 2011, 128 (13 per cent) more than in 2010.
  • 8,159 people were slightly injured, a decrease of 709 (8 per cent) compared with the previous year.

PDF Document (MFS) SDR 79/2012 Police Recorded Road Casualties, 2011

MS Excel (MFS) Tables: Police Recorded Road Casualties, 2011


Welsh Transport Statistics, 2011 - Chapter 7: Road Traffic

13/12/11 The latest National Statistics on Road traffic produced by the Welsh Government were released on 13 December 2011 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.  


Welsh Transport Statistics, 2011 - Chapter 1: Road Lengths and Conditions

13/12/11 The latest National Statistics on Road lengths and conditions produced by the Welsh Government were released on 13 December 2011 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.  


Road Casualties: Drinking and Driving, 2010

01/12/11 The latest National Statistics on 2010 Road Casualties Wales: Drinking and Driving produced by the Welsh Government were released on 1 December 2011 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.  

Police Recorded Road Casualties, Quarter 2 2011 (provisional) - Postponed

10/10/11 This Statistical Release initially due to be published in November 2011 will now be released in February 2012.


Welsh Transport Statistics, 2011 - Chapter 4: Road Safety

16/08/11 The latest National Statistics on Road Safety produced by the Welsh Government were released on 16 August 2011 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.  


Walking and Cycling Action Plan, Monitoring Report, 2009-2013: Update 2011

11/08/11 The latest Official Statistics on Monitoring ‘A Walking and Cycling Action Plan for Wales 2009-2013’: Interim Update 2011 produced by the Welsh Government was released on 11 August 2011 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.  


Police Recorded Road Casualties, Quarter 1 2011 (provisional) 03/08/11 The latest National Statistics on ‘Police Recorded Road Casualties in Wales: Quarterly Provisional Estimates 1st Quarter 2011’produced by the Welsh Government were published on 3rd August 2011 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. 


Police Reported Road Traffic Fatalities, 2010

03/08/11 The latest National Statistics on ‘Police Recorded Road Casualties in Wales: Fatalities in Wales 2010’ produced by the Welsh Assembly Government were published on 17 February 2011 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.  


Welsh Transport Statistics, 2010 - Chapter 5: Motoring Offences

12/07/11 The latest National Statistics on Motoring Offences produced by the Welsh Government were released on 5 July 2011 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.  


Pedestrian Road Casualties, 2010

23/06/11 A statistical bulletin entitled ‘Pedestrian Road Casualties, 2010’ was published on 23 June 2011 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.  


Young Drivers and Road Accidents, 2010

23/06/11 The latest National Statistics about young drivers (aged under 25) and road accidents produced by the Welsh Assembly Government were released on 23 June 2011 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.  


Pedal Cyclist Casualties, 2010

23/06/11 A statistical bulletin entitled ‘Pedal Cyclist Casualties, 2010’ was published on 23rd June 2011 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.  


Motorcycle User Casualties, 2010

23/06/11 The latest National Statistics about motorcycle user casualties produced by the Welsh Assembly Government were released on 23rd June 2011 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

Welsh Roads Amongst The Safest In The World

26/5/11
Carl Sargeant AM Transport Minister Carl Sargeant has welcomed latest figures published today that show Welsh roads are at their safest since records began 43 years ago. The figures – ‘Roads Casualties in Wales, 2010’ - show that the number of road accidents, injuries and deaths in Wales continue to fall when compared to previous years with the number of people either killed or injured at their lowest since 1968.

Links

Police Recorded Road Casualties, 2010

Police Reported Road Traffic Fatalities, 2010

Key statistics include:

•95 people were killed on Welsh roads in 2010, 30 (24 per cent) fewer than in 2009.
•998 people were seriously injured in 2010, 98 (9 per cent) fewer than in 2009.
•During 2010 there were 6,856 road accidents involving personal injury recorded by the police in Wales, 270 (4 per cent) fewer than in 2009.
•These accidents resulted in 9,961 casualties, 393 (4 per cent) fewer than in 2009.
•8,868 people were slightly injured, a decrease of 265 (3 per cent) compared with the previous year
The Minister said;

"It is a tragedy that people still lose their lives on the road network.

"However, this Government is fully committed to making Wales' roads safer and these figures demonstrate that our promotion of safe driving through effective education, safety improvements on our roads and tougher enforcement is having a positive impact.

"The Welsh Government has allocated over £30million since 2007 to enable local authorities to implement a wide range of road safety projects that has contributed to this downward trend of road casualties.

"By working in partnership with the police, road safety experts and local authorities we need to continue to promote road safety messages - particularly among young drivers - and remind all road users of their responsibilities to themselves and others.

"Despite meeting and exceeding our very challenging casualty reduction targets there is still more that can be done in order to ensure that Wales continues to be one of the safest countries in the world in which to travel."


Reported Road Caualties in Great Britain: 2010 Annual Report

In 2010, there were a total of 208,648 casualties of all severities in road accidents reported to the police, 6 per cent lower than in 2009. There were 1,850 people killed, 17 per cent lower than in 2009 and 22,660 were seriously injured, down 8 per cent.


 

Police Recorded Road Casualties, Quarter 1 2010 (provisional)

3/9/10

The latest National Statistics on ‘Police Recorded Road Casualties in Wales: Quarterly Provisional Estimates 1st Quarter 2010’ produced by the Welsh Assembly Government were published on 5th August 2010 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

UK Statistics Authority Website Provisional estimates show that during the March quarter 2010, in Wales:

  • 26 road casualties were reported as killed
  • 176 were reported as seriously injured, and
  • 1,933 as slightly injured

Comparing the most recent 12 month period, that is April 2009 to March 2010, with the previous 12 month period, April 2008 to March 2009, shows:

  • All road casualties were down by 7 per cent; and within this total
  • The numbers killed were 29 per cent lower.
  • Seriously injured were 13 per cent lower
  • Slightly injured were 6 per cent lower

 

Document Download

PDF Document (MFS) SDR 118/2010 Police Recorded Road Casualties, Quarter 1 2010 (provisional)


Motorcycle User Casualties, 2009

3/9/10

The latest National Statistics about motorcycle user casualties produced by the Welsh Assembly Government were released on 5th August 2010 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

UK Statistics Authority Website This Statistical Bulletin assesses the relationship between motorcycles and road casualties in Wales for the period up to 2009.  It presents information about; Relative risk for motorcyclists; Motorcyclist casualties by age and sex; The category of motorcycle, by engine size, that the casualty was riding, Time of motorcyclist casualties, by month and day of week, The local conditions, by light and weather, Motorcyclist casualties by junction location and Motorcyclist casualties by local authority area.

The key points from the latest release include:

  • In 2009, the chance of a motorcycle rider being killed or seriously injured, per kilometre travelled, is around 53 times greater than for a car driver.
  • Out of a group of 100 typical motorcyclists in Wales, the statistical expectation is that one of this group will be killed or seriously injured in 19 months of driving.
  • Since 2001 approximately 90 per cent of motorcycle user casualties are male.
  • Since the late 1990s, casualties aged 30 and over have exceeded those aged under 30.
  • Around 3 out of 5 motorcyclist casualties in Wales as a whole were riding machines with an engine capacity of over 500cc.
  • Compared with car occupant casualties, motorcycle user casualties were more likely to occur in the spring/summer, and less likely to occur in winter.
  • Compared with car occupant casualties, motorcycle user casualties were more likely to occur at weekends.
  • The highest number of motorcyclist casualties was in Powys (11 per cent of the total) followed by Carmarthenshire, Cardiff, Swansea and Pembrokeshire.

 

Document Download

PDF Document (MFS) SB 66/2010 Motorcycle User Casualties, 2009


'Walking & Cycling Action Plan for Wales 2009 – 2013', Monitoring Report

3/8/10

The latest Official Statistics on Monitoring ‘A Walking and Cycling Action Plan for Wales 2009-2013’ produced by the Welsh Assembly Government were released on 3 August 2010 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

Statistics on Monitoring ‘A Walking and Cycling Action Plan for Wales 2009-2013’ include data for Wales for 2007 up to 2009. This is the first of a series of bulletins that will be released on an annual basis.

The key points from this release are:

  • The target to increase the percentage of children who walk to school to match the UK National Average was met in 2007-08. The percentage of 5-16 year olds walking to school in Wales is currently 45 per cent.
  • The target to triple the percentage of children cycling to school cannot currently be monitored against the baseline set in the Action Plan due to a substantial change in the survey used to monitor this target. Work is currently underway with colleagues responsible for the Action Plan to develop an alternative data source.
  • The target to increase the number of people who walk to work to 20 per cent has not been met currently. However, the latest available data does show that there has been an increase in the proportion of people walking to work up from the baseline of 10.3 per cent to 11.0 per cent.
  • The target to triple the percentage of adults whose main mode of travel to work is cycling has not been met currently. The latest available data shows that the proportion of adults cycling to work is stable at the baseline level of 1.4 per cent.
  • The target to increase the number of people walking for recreation to 50 per cent has not been met currently. The latest available data shows that the proportion of adults who have done any walking (over 2 miles) in the past four weeks has fallen to 34 per cent from the baseline of 40 per cent.
  • The target to double the percentage of adults cycling for recreation has not been met currently. However, the latest available data does show that there has been an increase in the proportion of people who have cycled in the past four weeks up from the baseline of 5 per cent to 8 per cent.

PDF Document (MFS) SB 65/2010 'Walking & Cycling Action Plan for Wales 2009 – 2013’, Monitoring Report


Pedestrian Road Casualties, 2009

8/7/10

A statistical bulletin entitled ‘Pedestrian Road Casualties, 2008’ was published on 8 July 2010 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

UK Statistics Authority Website The key points in this bulletin cover the following issues for all pedestrian casualties:

  • The number of pedestrian road casualties has declined since 1979.
  • The decline in pedestrian casualties has been greatest for the younger and oldest age groups
  • Looking in more detail at the period since 2000, child pedestrian casualties have fallen most...
  • Most pedestrian casualties take place in 30mph zones, and most pedestrian fatalities occur on ‘A’ roads.
  • Pedestrians are more likely to be struck by a car than any other vehicle.
  • Pedestrian casualties occur all around the road carriageway.
  • A significant minority of pedestrian casualties arise from hit and run accidents
  • Since 2000, just over a third of pedestrian casualties occur on a Friday or Saturday.

The key points in this bulletin cover the following issues for child (aged 0-15) pedestrian casualties

  • Child pedestrian casualties have declined since 1979….
  • ...and have declined as a proportion of all pedestrian casualties since 2002.
  • A substantial minority of child pedestrian casualties were travelling to or from school.
  • Most child pedestrian casualties occurred in 30 mph zones.
  • Most child pedestrians are hit by cars; in fine weather.

PDF Document (MFS) SB 54/2010 Pedestrian Road Casualties, 2009


Pedal Cyclist Casualties, 2009

8/7/10

A statistical bulletin entitled ‘Pedal Cyclist Casualties, 2009’ was published on 8th July 2010 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

UK Statistics Authority Website The key points in this bulletin cover the following issues for all pedal cyclist casualties:

  • The number of pedal cycle casualties has declined since 1989.
  • Since 2000, the decline in pedal cycle casualties has been greatest in the 0-15 age category.
  • Since 2000, just under one in five pedal cycle casualties have occurred in the Cardiff local authority.
  • The majority of pedal cycle casualties occur within 20 metres of a junction.
  • The majority of pedal cycle casualties occur in 30mph zones.
  • The majority of accidents occur in the second and third quarters.

The key points in this bulletin cover the following issues for child (aged 0-15) pedal cyclist casualties:

  • The number of child (aged 0-15) pedal cycle casualties has declined since 2000.
  • Since 2000, children have accounted for almost 2 in 5 of all pedal cycle casualties.
  • The majority of child pedal cyclists casualties occur on roads with a 30 mph limit.
  • Since 2000, 74 per cent of pedal cycle casualties aged 0-15 occur in the 2nd and 3rd quarters of the year.

PDF Document (MFS) SB 55/2010 Pedal Cyclist Casualties, 2009


Wales Road Casualties, 2009

24/6/10

The latest National Statistics on Road Casualties produced by the Welsh Assembly Government were released on 24 June 2010 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

UK Statistics Authority Website

Statistics on Road Casualties include data for Wales for the period up to the end of December 2009. The latest release updates the statistics previously released on 25 June 2009.

The key points from the latest release are:

  • During 2009, the number of people killed, seriously, or slightly injured in road accidents were at the lowest levels since records began in 1968.
  • During 2009 there were 7,126 road accidents involving personal injury recorded by the police in Wales 658 (8 per cent) fewer than in 2008.
  • These accidents resulted in 10,354 casualties, 832 (7 per cent) fewer than in 2008. Within this total:
    - 125 people were killed on Welsh roads in 2009, 17 (12 per cent) fewer than in 2008
    - 1,096 people were seriously injured in 2009, 158 (13 per cent) less than in 2008
    - 9,133 people were slightly injured, a decrease of 657 (7 per cent) compared to the previous year.

Document Download

Road Casualties, 2009

Reported Road Casualties Great Britain Main Results: 2009

24/6/10
UK Statistics Authority WebsiteThe Department for Transport has published statistics on road casualties in accidents reported to the police in Great Britain in 2009, according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

Key results

  • The number of people killed in road accidents fell by 12 per cent from 2,538 in 2008 to 2,222 in 2009. In accidents reported to the police 26,096 people were killed or seriously injured in 2009, 6 per cent fewer than in 2008. There were just over 222,000 road casualties in Great Britain in 2009, 4 per cent less than in 2008.
  • The number of deaths among car users in 2009 was 1,059, 16 per cent less than in the previous year. The number seriously injured in accidents reported to the police fell by 6 per cent to 10,053. Total reported casualties among car users were 143,412, 4 per cent lower than 2008. Car and taxi traffic remained at about the same level as in 2008.
  • Reported Child casualties fell by 6 per cent. The number of children killed or seriously injured in 2009 was 2,671 (down 5 per cent on 2008). Of those, 1,660 were pedestrians, 7 per cent down on 2008. 81 children died on the roads, 43 less than in the previous year, a reduction of over a third.
  • There were 500 pedestrian deaths, 13 per cent less than in 2008. Reported seriously injured casualties fell by 9 per cent to 5,545. The all pedestrian casualty figure fell to 26,887 in 2009, 6 per cent lower than 2008.
  • The number of pedal cyclists killed fell by 10 per cent from 115 in 2008 to 104 in 2009. The number of seriously injured rose by 6 per cent to 2,606. The total casualties among pedal cyclists rose by 5 per cent to 17,064.
  • There were 472 motorcycle user fatalities in 2009, 4 per cent lower than during 2008. The number reported as seriously injured fell by 4 per cent to 5,350. Total reported motorcycle user casualties fell by 4 per cent to 20,703 in 2008. Motorcycle traffic rose by 2 per cent over the same period. The all motorcycle user casualties figure for 2009 of 20,703 is 4 per cent lower than in 2008.
  • There were 163,554 road accidents reported to the police involving personal injury in 2009, 4 per cent fewer than in 2008. Of these, 21,997 accidents involved serious injuries, 5 per cent fewer than in 2008 (23,121).

Location Of Road Traffic Casualties In Wales

4/2/10

Welsh Assembly Government logoThe Welsh Assembly Government has published maps showing the location of road traffic casualties in each Local Authority area in Wales. These maps identify where casualties are clustered together and where they are more widely dispersed.

The number of casualty markers may differ from the total number of casualties reported for the following reasons:

  • Multiple casualty accidents will just display a single marker for the highest severity casualty.
  • Inaccuracies with recorded grid references may not allow the location to be plotted.

The maps cover car occupant casualties, motorcyclist casualties and pedestrian casualties. They show fatalities, and serious and slight casualties; they also show the major roads and settlements in each Local Authority area.

To view click here


Young Drivers and Road Accidents, 2008

9/12/09

The latest National Statistics about young drivers (aged under 25) and road accidents produced by the Welsh Assembly Government were released on 8 December 2009 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

Statistics on young drivers and road accidents include data for Wales for the period up to the year 2008. This is not a regularly updated release which looks at the extent to which young drivers are more likely to be involved in accidents than older drivers.  It also looks at the types of accidents that involve young drivers and whether or not these differ from the types of accidents that involve older drivers.National Statistics Kitemark

The Bulletin
Statistical Bulletin 76/2009 (PDF 419kB)

The key points from the latest release include:

  • Young drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident than older drivers.
  • Are more likely to be involved in certain types of accident than older drivers.
  • But are not more likely to be involved in a fatal or serious accident, as compared with a slight accident than older drivers.
  • Young men are more likely to be involved in an accident than young women, but not to any greater extent than the general tendency of men to be more involved in accidents.
  • Road safety is improving for older drivers; it is not improving, to the same extent, for young drivers.
  • More 18 and 19 year olds are involved in accidents than other single year age group of young drivers and their involvement in accidents is increasing.
  • The Valley authorities and Isle of Anglesey are relative ‘hot spots’ for young drivers’ involvement in accidents.
  • Lastly, if a young driver is involved in an accident, then it is less likely to be a fatal or serious accident in more urban local authority areas; more likely to be a fatal or serious accident in more rural local authorities.

Road Casualties: Drinking and Driving, 2008

1/12/09

The latest National Statistics on Road Casualties: Drinking and Driving produced by the Welsh Assembly Government were released on 1 December 2009 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. National Statistics Kitemark

Statistics on Road Casualties: Drinking and Driving include data for Wales for the period up to the end of December 2008.

The Bulletin
Statistical Bulletin 72/2009 (PDF 356kB)

There is a reasonable level of agreement between sources of information about drink driving and accidents.  These suggest that drivers with blood alcohol levels above the legal limit for driving (currently 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood) were involved in a significant minority of accidents.  The available estimates suggest that one of more drivers over the drink-drive limit were involved in around:

  • 1 in 7 fatal accidents in Wales; other figures go as high as 1in 6;
  • 1 in 14 serious accidents in Wales; other figures  go as high as 1 in 11; and
  • A range of between 1 in 14 or 1 in 25 slight accidents.

Other information about drink driving suggests that:

  • Drivers over the drink-drive limit were involved in collisions that resulted in 1 out of every 11 of all the people who were killed or seriously injured on the roads;
  • Over a quarter of car drivers killed in traffic collisions were over the drink-drive limit;
  • However no motorcycle riders killed were over the drink drive limit; and
  • There were 149 accidents in 2008 where the reporting police officer considered that a pedestrian(s) being ‘impaired by alcohol’ was a contributory factor to that accident.

Drug driving

  • For every ten accidents where the driver was impaired by alcohol, there was around 1 accident where he/she was ‘impaired by drugs’, both illegal and medicinal.

Breath tests of drivers taken after accidents show:

  • No marked seasonal pattern in casualties over a year arising from accidents where one or more of the drivers involved tested positive;
  • More drivers in accidents test positive on the weekend rather than a weekday, and that they are more likely to test positive after traditional working hours, between 16:00 to 04:00; and
  • There is some clustering of drink driving in Wales.

Road Casualties, Quarter 2 2009 (provisional) - Postponed National Statistics Kitemark

November 2009

The latest National Statistics on ‘Police Recorded Road Casualties in Wales:  Quarterly Provisional Estimates 2nd Quarter 2009’ was due to be published 5 November 2009. The publication has been delayed to allow additional time for quality assurance. It is now scheduled for publication in January 2010.


Welsh Transport Statistics 2009 – Chapter 4: Road Safety

October 2009

The latest National Statistics on road safety produced by the Welsh Assembly Government were released on 27 October 2009 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics National Statistics KitemarkAuthority.

Statistics on road safety include data up to the end of December 2008.

The key points from the latest release are:

 

  • There were 7,783 personal injury road accidents reported in Wales in 2008. The number of casualties reported was 11,185, which was 1,084 (9 per cent) fewer than in 2007.
  • In 2008, the number of people killed or seriously injured (1,395) was 31 per cent     lower than the average for 1994-98.
  • The number of children killed or seriously injured in 2008 (115) was 60 per cent lower than the 1994-98 average.
  • In 2008 the number of people slightly injured per 100 million vehicle kilometres was 37 per cent lower than the 1994-98 average.
  • In 2008, 72 per cent of casualties were car, taxi or minibus users, 11 per cent were pedestrians, 6 per cent were motorcyclists, and 4 per cent were pedal cyclists. The remaining road user types accounted for 6 per cent of casualties.
  • In 2008 there were 870 accidents involving goods vehicles. Of these, 16 per cent were either fatal or serious accidents.
  • During 2008, over one-third (37 per cent) of all road users killed were aged 16 to 25.

Road Casualties in Wales: Quarter 1, 2009 (provisional)

6/8/09

The latest National Statistics on ‘Police Recorded Road Casualties in Wales: Quarterly Provisional Estimates 1st Quarter 2009’produced by the Welsh Assembly Government were published on 6 August 2009 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

National Statistics Kitemark The Release
Statistical Release 117/2009 (PDF 240kB)

The key points from this release are:

That during the March quarter 2009, in Wales:

  • 39 road casualties were reported as killed
  • 229 were reported as seriously injured, and
  • 1,971 as slightly injured

Comparing the most recent 12 month period, that is April 2008 to March 2009, with the previous 12 month period, April 2007 to March 2008, shows:

  • All road casualties were down by 12 per cent;  and within this total
  • The numbers killed were 1 per cent higher
  • Seriously injured were 9 per cent lower
  • Slightly injured were 13 per cent lower.

Contact:
Tel: 029 2082 5062
E-mail: stats.transport@wales.gsi.gov.uk


2008 Provisional Estimates For Accidents Involving Illegal Alcohol Levels
6/8/09
National Statistics KitemarkThe Department for Transport has today published provisional statistics on accidents reported to police involving drinking and driving in Great Britain in 2008, according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. The figures also include final estimates for 2007.


Provisional drink drive estimates show:


•Fatalities resulting from drink and drive accidents rose by 5% from 410 in 2007 to 430 in 2008, whilst seriously injured casualties fell by 7% from 1,760 to 1,630. Slight casualties resulting from drink drive accidents also fell by 7% from 11,850 to 10,970. Total casualties fell by 7% from 14,020 to 13,020.


•There was an increase of 3% in fatal accidents from 370 to 380. Overall drink and drive accidents fell by 7% from 9,280 to 8,640.


View the full statistics here

Drink Drive 2008 PDF format 65kb


Road Casualties, 2008

25/6/09

The latest National Statistics on Road Casualties produced by the Welsh Assembly Government were released on 25 June 2009 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

National Statistics Kitemark

Statistics on Road Casualties include data for Wales for the period up to the end of December 2008. The latest release updates the statistics previously released on 8 July 2008.

The Release
Statistical Release 96/2009 (PDF 192kB)

The key points from the latest release are:

  • During 2008 there were 7,783 road accidents involving personal injury recorded by the police in Wales, 556 (7 per cent) fewer than in 2007.
  • These accidents resulted in 11,185 casualties, 1,084 (9 per cent) fewer than in 2007. Within this total:
    • 142 people were killed on Welsh roads in 2008, 19 (12 per cent) fewer than in 2007.
    • 1,253 people were seriously injured in 2008, 15 (1 per cent) more than in 2007.
    • 9,790 people were slightly injured, a decrease of 1,080 (10 per cent) compared to the previous year.

Road Casualties GB, 2008

25/6/09

The Department for Transport has published statistics on road casualties in accidents reported to the police in Great Britain in 2008, according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority

  • The number of people killed in road accidents reported to the police, fell by 14 per cent from 2,946 in 2007 to 2,538 in 2008. 28,567 people were killed or seriously injured in 2008, 7 per cent fewer than in 2007. There were just under 231,000 road casualties in Great Britain in 2008, 7 per cent less than in 2007.
  • The number of deaths among car users in 2008 was 1,257, 12 per cent less than in the previous year.  The reported number of seriously injured fell by 7 per cent to 10,707.  Total reported casualties among car users were 149,169, 8 per cent lower than 2007. Traffic estimates indicate a 1 per cent fall in car and taxi traffic over the period.
  • Child casualties fell by 8 per cent. The number of children killed or seriously injured in 2008 was 2,807 (down 9 per cent on 2007). Of those, 1,784 were pedestrians, 6 per cent down on 2007. 124 children died on the roads, 2 per cent higher than in the previous year, when the lowest ever child fatality figure of 121 was recorded.
  • There were 572 pedestrian deaths, 11 per cent less than in 2007. Reported killed or serious injured casualties fell by 4 per cent to 6,642. The all pedestrian casualty figure fell to 28,481 in 2008, 6 per cent lower than 2007.
  • The number of pedal cyclists killed fell by 15 per cent from 136 in 2007 to 115 in 2008. The number of seriously injured rose by 1 per cent to 2,450. The total casualties among pedal cyclists rose by 1 per cent to 16,297.
  • There were 493 motorcycle user fatalities in accidents reported to the police in 2008, 16 per cent lower than during 2007. The reported number of killed or seriously injured fell compared to 2007 (down 10 percent from 6,737 in 2007 to 6,048 in 2008).  The all motorcycle user casualties figure for 2008 of 21,549 is 8 per cent lower than in 2007.
  • There were 170,500 road accidents involving personal injury reported to the police in 2008, 6 per cent fewer than in 2007.  Of these, 25,457 accidents involved death or serious injury, 6 percent fewer than in 2007 (27,036).

Further detail here


Road Casualties in Wales: Quarter 3, 2008 (provisional)

6/2/09

The latest National Statistics on ‘Road Casualties in Wales: Quarterly Provisional Estimates 3rd Quarter 2008,’ produced by the Welsh Assembly Government were published on 5 February 2009 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

National Statistics Kitemark This is the third time the Welsh Assembly Government has published quarterly road casualties data.

The Release
Statistical Release 16/2009 (PDF 225kB)

The key points from this release are:

  • 45 road casualties were reported as killed
  • 309 were reported as seriously injured, and
  • 2,459 as slightly injured
  • The number of total KSI casualties over this period, at 1,404 people, was 1 per cent higher than the previous 12 month period and 30 per cent lower than the average for 1994-98.
  • The number of child KSI casualties over this period, at 111 children, was 28 per cent lower than the previous 12 month period and 62 per cent lower than the average for 1994-98.

Contact:
Tel: 029 2082 5062
E-mail: stats.transport@wales.gsi.gov.uk


Welsh Transport Statistics 2008 - Chapter 4: Road Safety

16/12/08

The latest National Statistics on Road Safety produced by the Welsh Assembly Government were released on 16 December 2008 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

National Statistics Kitemark Statistics on Road Safety include data up to 2007.

The key points from the latest release are:

  • 8,340 personal injury road accidents were reported in Wales in 2007. There were 12,270 casualties, 422 fewer than in 2006.
  • In 2007, the number of people killed or seriously injured (1,402) was 30 per cent lower than the average for 1994-98.
  • The number of children killed or seriously injured in 2007 (148) was 49 per cent lower than the 1994-98 average.
  • In 2007 the number of people slightly injured per 100 million vehicle kilometres was 30 per cent lower than the 1994-98 average.
  • In 2007, 74 per cent of casualties were car, taxi or minibus users, 11 per cent were pedestrians, 6 per cent were motorcyclists, and 4 per cent were pedal cyclists. The remaining road user types accounted for 6 per cent of casualties.
  • In 2007 there were 1,204 child casualties, 7 per cent fewer than in 2006, and 47 per cent fewer than the 1994-98 average.

Welsh Transport Statistics 2008 - Chapter 4: Road Safety

Contact:
Tel: 029 2082 5085
E-mail: stats.transport@wales.gsi.gov.uk


Travel to Work and School in Wales: Results from the Living in Wales Survey 2007

12/12/08

A National Statistics bulletin on Travel to Work and School in Wales produced by the Welsh Assembly Government was released on 9 December 2008 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

Statistics on Travel to Work and School include data for Wales for the period 2007.  The statistics have been taken from the 2007 Living in Wales survey, which is an annual Welsh household survey.National Statistics Kitemark

The Bulletin
Statistical Bulletin 74/2008 PDF format 183kb Click here to download this document in PDF format.

The key points from the bulletin are:

  • Of those respondents who live within a mile of their usual place of work, only 57% of those who work full-time walk to work.
  • Of those respondents who live within a mile of their usual place of work, those who work part-time are more likely to walk to work than those who work full-time.
  • Of those who live within three miles of their usual place of work, 58% of respondents in Wales get to work by car or van.

Contact:
Tel: 029 2082 5208
E-mail: stats.transport@wales.gsi.gov.uk


Road Casualties in Wales, Quarter 2 2008 (provisional)

8/11/08

The latest National Statistics on ‘Road Casualties in Wales: Quarterly Provisional Estimates 2nd Quarter 2008,’ produced by the Welsh Assembly Government were published on 6th November 2008 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

This is the second time the Welsh Assembly Government has published quarterly road casualties data.

The ReleaseNational Statistics Kitemark
Statistical Release 182/2008 PDF format 223kb Click here to download this document in PDF format.

The key points from this release are:

  • 26 road casualties were reported as killed
  • 305 were reported as seriously injured, and
  • 2,205 as slightly injured
  • The number of total KSI casualties over this period, at 1,404 people, was 1 per cent higher than the previous 12 month period and 30 per cent lower than the average for 1994-98.
  • The number of child KSI casualties over this period, at 121 children, was 28 per cent lower than the previous 12 month period and 58 per cent lower than the average for 1994-98.

Contact:
Tel: 029 2082 5062
E-mail: stats.transport@wales.gsi.gov.uk


Road Casualties: Quarter 1, 2008 (provisional)

7/8/08

The latest National Statistics on ‘Road Casualties in Wales: Quarterly Provisional Estimates March Quarter 2008,’ produced by the Welsh Assembly Government, were published on 7 August 2008, according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

This is the first time the Welsh Assembly Government has published quarterly road casualties data.

National Statistics Kitemark

The Release
Statistical Release 117/2008 PDF format 236kb Click here to download this document in PDF format.

The key points from this release are:

  • 22 road casualties were reported as killed
  • 295 were reported as seriously injured, and
  • 2,286 as slightly injured
  • The number of total KSI casualties over this period, at 1,412 people, was 2 per cent higher than the previous 12 month period and 30 per cent lower than the average for 1994-98.
  • The number of child KSI casualties over this period, at 142 children, was 4 per cent lower than the previous 12 month period and 51 per cent lower than the average for 1994-98.

Contact:
Tel: 029 2082 5085
E-mail: stats.transport@wales.gsi.gov.uk


Road Casualties in Wales, 2007

26/6/08

The latest National Statistics on Road Casualties produced by the Welsh Assembly Government were released on 26 June 2008 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

National Statistics KitemarkStatistics on Road Casualties include data for Wales for the period up to the end of December 2007. The latest release updates the statistics previously released on 28 June 2007.

The Release
Statistical Release 91/2008 PDF format 154kbClick here to download this document in PDF format.

The key points from the latest release are:

  • During 2007 there were 8,340 road accidents involving personal injury recorded by the police in Wales, 361 (4 per cent) fewer than in 2006.
  • These accidents resulted in 12,271 casualties, 421 (3 per cent) fewer than in 2006. Within this total:

    162 people were killed on Welsh roads, 1 (1 per cent) fewer than in 2006;

    1,241 people were seriously injured in 2007, 31 (3 per cent) more than in 2006;

    10,868 people were slightly injured, a decrease of 451 (4 per cent) compared to the previous year.


GB Road Fatalities Fall Below 3,000

26/6/08


Department for Transport - Transport that works for everyone. The Department of Transport has today published National Statistics on road casualties in Great Britain in 2007, which relate to casualties in accidents reported to the police.

Key results include:

* The number of people killed in road accidents fell, by 7 per cent from 3,172 in 2006 to 2,943 in 2007.

* The number of children killed or seriously injured in 2007 was 3,090 (down 6 per cent on 2006). 121 children died on the roads, 20 per cent fewer than in 2006, this is the lowest ever recorded figure.

* There were 644 pedestrian deaths, 5 per cent less than in 2006.

* The number of pedal cyclists killed fell by 7 per cent from 146 in 2006 to 136 in 2007.

* There were 588 motorcycle user fatalities in 2007, 2 per cent lower than during 2006. The all motorcycle user casualties figure for 2007 of 23,459 is 1 per cent higher than in 2006.

In 2000, the Government announced a new road safety strategy and set new targets for reducing casualties by 2010. It wants to see:

* 40% reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured in road accidents compared with the average for 1994-98;

* 50% reduction in the number of children killed or seriously injured;

* 10% reduction in the slight casualty rate, expressed as the number of people slightly injured per 100 million vehicle kilometres.

In 2007, the number of people killed or seriously injured was 36 per cent below the 1994-98 average; the number of children killed or seriously injured was 55 per cent below the 1994-98 average; and provisional estimates show the slight casualty rate was 30 per cent below the 1994-98 average.

More key results....

Download the full report PDF format 483kbClick here to download this document in PDF format.


Road Casualties in Wales, 2006

Road accident casualty figures for Wales for 2006 were published on 28 June 2007. These are based on personal injury accidents on public roads reported to the police and forwarded to the National Assembly for Wales.

Key results:

During 2006 there were 8,701 road accidents involving personal injury recorded by the police in Wales, 9 (0.1 per cent) less than in 2005. These accidents resulted in 12,692 casualties, 41 (0.3 per cent) less than in 2005. Within this total:

163 people were killed on Welsh roads, 17 (9.4 per cent) less than in 2005;
1,210 people were seriously injured in 2006, 64 (5.6 per cent) more than in 2005;
11,319 people were slightly injured, a decrease of 88 (0.8 per cent) compared to the previous year.

Statistical Release PDF format 178kbClick here to download this document in PDF format.

Road Casualties: Wales 2006

 

Child Road Casualties in Wales 2006
In 2006, 10 children were killed, 134 seriously injured and 1153 slightly injured on Welsh roads.

  • 434 of the casualties were pedestrians (33%)
  • 152 cyclists (12%)
  • 711 vehicle passengers (55%)
  • 54% of child casualties were boys 46% girls

Cross Modal Safety: Accident Statistics

This note is provided for information. It collates comparisons of the safety of different modes of transport, and presents some brief information relating to the nature of accidents and casualties for each mode.

Cross-modal comparisons

Transport accidents in context. Between 1993 and 2003, there were around 12,000 accidental fatalities per year - about 2% of all deaths (table 1). Of these, transport accidents accounted for about 30% of the total - the majority (over 95%) of these transport deaths being on the roads.

Read the full report


DFT Road Casualties Great Britain 2006: Main results


The Department for Transport has published National Statistics on road casualties in Great Britain in 2006, which relate to casualties in accidents reported to the police.

Key results include:


• There were 258,404 reported casualties on roads in Great Britain in 2006, 5 per cent
less than in 2005. 3,172 people were killed, 1 per cent less than in 2005. 28,673 were
seriously injured (down 1 per cent on 2005) and 226,559 were slightly injured (down 5
per cent on 2005).


• There were 189,161 road accidents involving personal injury in 2006, 5 per cent less
than in 2005. Of these, 27,872 involved death or serious injury.


• Child casualties fell by 9 per cent. There were 169 child fatalities, 20 per cent more than
in 2005. The number of children killed or seriously injured in 2006 was 3,294 down 5 per
cent on 2005. Of those, 2,025 were pedestrians, 5 per cent down on 2005.


• Car user casualties decreased by 4 per cent on the 2005 figure to 171,000 and fatalities fell
by 4 per cent to 1,612 from 1,675. Killed or seriously injured casualties were down by 2
percent from 14,617 to 14,254.


• Pedestrian casualties were 30,982 in 2006, 7 per cent less than 2005. Pedestrian
deaths were 1 per cent higher compared to 2005 at 675 but serious injuries fell by 1 per
cent to 6,376.


• Pedal cyclist casualties were 2 per cent lower than in 2005 at 16,196. There were 2,296
seriously injured casualties, 4 per cent higher than in 2005. The number of pedal cyclists
killed went down by 1 per cent from 148 to 146.


• Motorcycle user casualties were 6 per cent lower than the 2005 level at 23,326 in 2006.
The number killed rose 5 per cent to 599 while the number of seriously injured fell by 1
per cent to 5,885.


Read the bulletin in full here PDF format 622kbClick here to download this document in PDF format.


Summary of main casualty statistics 2005


In 2005, 7 children were killed, 128 seriously injured and 1260 slightly injured on Welsh roads.

  • 501 of the casualties were pedestrians (36%)
  • 164 cyclists (12%)
  • 730 vehicle passengers (52%)
  • 56% of child casualties were boys 44% girls

'Road Casualties: Wales' (previously 'Road Accidents: Wales') provides analysis of the centrally held road accident statistics database for Wales. This, the 25th volume, covers the calendar year 2005 but several tables also give historical data. In addition there are tables giving national and international comparisons.

Road Casualties: Wales 2005


Contributory Factors in Road Accidents Occurring in Wales During 2005
April 2007

The bulletin uses personal injury road accident data compiled by the police via their completion of the Stats19 form following their attendance at accidents. From the 1 January 2005, contributory factor (CF) data was included in the data set with the aim of helping to identify the key actions, failures and occurrences that led directly to the actual impact. The CF data depend upon the skill and experience of the reporting officer to reconstruct the events which led directly to the accident, and so are more "subjective" in nature than other "Stats 19" data. This should be kept in mind when using these results.

The key results from the bulletin show that:

The contributory factor most frequently mentioned for fatal accidents is "loss of control"; other contributory factors that are more likely in fatal accidents are "driver careless, reckless or in a hurry"; "travelling too fast for the conditions"; and "exceeding the speed limit". These, together with loss of control, all suggest that higher speeds are more likely to be involved in fatal accidents compared with injury-only accidents.
Other contributory factor codes that are more associated with fatal accidents are "pedestrian failed to look properly"; and driver impaired by alcohol. In general, these results are (apart from pedestrian failed to look properly) consistent with the Transport Research Laboratory analysis suggesting that many fatal accidents are linked to poor driving standards.
Looking at the contributory factors for injury-only accidents, particularly slight accidents, suggests that these are more likely to be caused by driver mis-judgement or inattention. For example factors that are more likely for slight accidents are "failure to judge another's path or speed"; "failure to look properly"; or "poor turn or manoeuvre".


Read the bulletin in full here PDF format 64kbClick here to download this document in PDF format.


2005 Road Casualties Wales: Drinking and Driving Bulletin - March 2007
This Statistical Bulletin assesses the relationship between drink driving and road accidents and casualties in Wales. Using a variety of data sources it concludes that drink driving was associated with:

Somewhere between 10% and 15% of accidents involving a fatality;
Around 7-8% of accidents involving a serious injury; and
Around 5% of accidents involving a slight injury.
An adult pedestrian's consumption of alcohol is associated with a significant minority of traffic accidents involving adult pedestrians:

Police assessments of contributory factors to accidents conclude that around a quarter of fatal and serious accidents involved the pedestrian concerned being "impaired by alcohol".


Read the bulletin in full here PDF format 98kbClick here to download this document in PDF format.


Young Driver Bulletin - August 2006
Uses personal injury road accident data for Wales and compares personal injury accidents in Wales that involve young drivers (aged between 17 and 25 inclusive) with those involving other drivers. The figures cover accidents up to the year 2005 as a whole. Some of the main findings are shown below:

  • Young male drivers are over 6 times more likely to be involved in an accident than older drivers (aged 26 and over; all older drivers, males and females together).
  • Young female drivers are around 3 times more likely to be involved in an accident than older drivers (aged 26 and over; all older drivers, males and females together).
  • All young drivers are between 4 and 5 times more likely to be involved in an accident than older drivers (aged 26 and over; all older drivers, males and females together).
  • Since 1999, the reduction in total accidents has been the result of a fall in accidents amongst older drivers.
  • During 2005, young drivers were involved in 3,559 personal injury road accidents in Wales. This represented over two-fifths (41 per cent) of all personal injury road accidents in Wales.
  • This proportion of 17 to 25 year old drivers involved in accidents varies across Wales. The proportion is relatively higher in the Valleys, and on the Isle of Anglesey.

Read the bulletin in full here PDF format 966kbClick here to download this document in PDF format.


Click here to view other statistical bulletins.


Copyright & Disclaimer © Road Safety Wales | Accessibility | | Contact Us |
Return to the Road Safety Wales Home Page Return to the Road Safety Wales Home Page Go to the Welsh version of this web site.