Young People Road Casualties in Wales, 2016
This Statistical Bulletin looks at road traffic casualties, with a focus on young people, aged between 16 and 24. It presents information relating to the number of young casualties and drivers involved in road accidents in 2016.
2016 saw the lowest number of young people killed or seriously injured (KSI) on Welsh roads
- There were 239 young person KSI casualties in 2016, a reduction of 39.6 per cent compared with the 2004-08 average. The Welsh Government target is a 40 per cent reduction by 2020
- 2016 was the first year since 2012 which saw a fall in young person KSI casualties.
In 2016 young people aged 16-24 represented 12 per cent of the population of Wales but accounted for 22 per cent of KSI road casualties
- Young men were involved in more than twice as many accidents as young women
- During the working week, young people were most likely to be involved in accidents during rush hour.
Pedestrian Road Casualties 2016
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.
Casualties by type of road user and severity, 2016. 1,108 KSI in 2016, of which: 45% cars; 23% motorbikes; 18% pedestrians; 10% pedal cyclists; 4% other. 5,745 slight in 2016, of which; 72% cars; 7% motorbikes; 10% pedestrians; 6% pedal cyclists; 5% other.
All Pedestrian Casualties
- In 2016, 199 people were killed or seriously injured (KSI) on Welsh roads. Of these, 14 were fatal and 185 were seriously injured. 594 pedestrian casualties were slightly injured
- In 2016, there were 793 pedestrian casualties which was the lowest recorded figure since 1979
- When compared to 2015, there were decreases in the casualties killed (36 per cent), casualties seriously injured (1 per cent) and slightly injured (7 per cent) in 2016
- In 2016, pedestrians accounted for around 1 in 6 of all KSI casualties (18 per cent) and 1 in 10 (10 per cent) of all slight casualties.
Child (aged 0 – 15) Pedestrian Casualties
- There were no pedestrian fatalities in 2016, down from 2 in 2015
- There were 55 child KSI pedestrian casualties in 2016. This is a 25 per cent increase when compared to the 2015 figures
- They account for 30 per cent of all pedestrian casualties
- They are associated with journeys to and from school with numbers of casualties peaking at 8am and 3pm during the week
Active Travel: Walking and Cycling 2016-17
The Welsh Government have published a bulletin regarding Active Travel covering the period 2016 – 17.
Active Travel is measured below as walking for at least 5 minutes or cycling to get to a particular destination.
The following levels of activity were found (only including journeys made for active travel purposes).
- 5 per cent of adults cycled at least once a week.(r)
- 3 per cent of adults cycled at least three times a week
- 61 per cent of adults walked at least once a week.(r)
- 47 per cent of adults walked at least three times a week
- 51 per cent of people living in urban areas walk at least three times a week, compared with 38 per cent of those from rural areas.
Pedal Cyclist Casualties, 2016
The Welsh Government has recently published a statistical bulletin for Pedal Cyclist Casualties, 2016.
The report includes information on age and sex of casualty, type of road, speed limit and time of accident.
- Between 2000 and 2010, killed or seriously injured (KSI) numbers have fluctuated between 61 and 84 casualties per year, and increased to 118 casualties in 2011. Latest figures, for 2016, show a slight decline on 2015 to 115 KSIs
- Men comprise the majority of pedal cyclist casualties; over the whole period from 2007 to 2016 they accounted for 86 per cent of all casualties
- In 2016, those aged 30-49 formed the largest group of pedal cyclist casualties, accounting for 39.6 per cent of the total
- Child pedal cyclist casualties fell by 61 per cent between 2007 and 2016, from 155 in 2007 to 61 in 2016. Over the same period child KSI casualties fell from 33 to 10
- The proportion of all KSI pedal cyclist casualties that were children dropped from 41 per cent of all KSI casualties in 2007 to 9 per cent in 2016
Motorcycle User Casualties 2016
The Welsh Government have issued a report which includes information on the risks of motorcycling, bike engine capacity, time of accidents, local conditions and junction location.
The total number of motorcyclist casualties on Welsh roads declined in 2016.
The total number of motorcyclist casualties on Welsh roads declined in 2016, when compared to 2015 figures (12 per cent decrease).
- There were 254 motorcyclist casualties that were killed or seriously injured (KSI) on Welsh roads. Of this 22 were fatal and 232 were seriously injured
- 408 motorcyclist casualties were slightly injured.
Reported Road Casualties Great Britain, 2016
The Department for Transport has published Reported Road Casualties Great Britain, 2016.
- There were 24.101 people seriously injured in reported road traffic accidents in 2016. However, comparisons of this figure with earlier years should be interpreted with caution due to changes in systems for severity reporting by some police forces.
- There was a total of 181,384 casualties of all severities in 2016. This is around 3 per cent lower than in 2015 and is the lowest level on record
- Motor traffic levels increased by 2.2 percent between 2015 and 2016.
Police Recorded Road Casualties, 2016
The Welsh Government has released the Annual Report into Police Recorded Road Accidents in 2016. It includes information on severity of injury and type of road user.
In 2016 there were 4,921 road accidents involving personal injury recorded by the police, a reduction of 622 on 2015 (11% reduction).
These recorded accidents resulted in 6,853 casualties, which was 829 fewer than in 2015.
Within the 6,853 casualties:
- 103 people were killed on Welsh Roads, which was 2 fewer than in 2015
- 1,005 people were seriously injured, which was 76 fewer (7 per cent fewer) than in 2015
- 5,745 people were slightly injured, which was 751 fewer (12 per cent fewer) than 2015.