First published: 26/4/2023 Last updated: 11/10/2023
Police Reported Road Collisions: 2022
This report was revised on 11 October 2023, after initial publication on 26 April 2023.
The revision was due to the late submission of 2022 data from one police force. Statistics throughout the release are affected (South Wales Police and Wales). Changes have been marked with an (r).
The number of road collisions reported increased from 3,312 to 3,315. The trends in the report have not changed.
Data on severity of injury and type of road user for 2022.
In 2022 police forces in Wales recorded a total of 3,315(r) road collisions, broadly similar to the number seen in 2021, and a decrease of 23.4%(r) compared to 2019.
Key points (revised)
- These road collisions in 2022 resulted in 4,447(r) personal injuries. Of these, 95(r) people were killed, 921 people were seriously injured and 3,431(r) ‘slight’ injuries were recorded.
- During 2022, over half of all road collisions (51%) occurred on 30mph roads with the next highest proportion (25%) occurring on 60mph roads. Road sections with a 20mph speed limit accounted for 6% of all collisions.
Note: the terminology within this release has changed from road accidents to road collisions.
Motoring offences: 2021
Data on fixed penalty notices, court proceedings, drug and drink driving offences, and breath tests for 2021.
Fixed penalty notices (FPNs)
- In 2021 a total of 74,400 FPNs were issued in Wales, a 17% increase compared to 2020 and similar to the number issued in 2019.
- Speed limit offences accounted for 83% of FPNs in 2021.
- Since 2012, the number of FPNs issued in Wales have seen an overall decrease from a high of 112,400.
- 57,753 motoring offenders were prosecuted in Wales in 2021, a 27% increase compared to 2020 and 2% higher than in 2019.
- Collisions involving drink driving (2020 data).
- In 2020, an estimated 8% of all recorded collisions and 9% of all casualties in Wales involved one or more drivers impaired by alcohol.
- 14% of all fatal casualties in 2020 were estimated to be involved in alcohol related collisions.
- 8% of motorised vehicle drivers killed in Wales were found to have had a blood alcohol level over the legal limit.
Screening breath tests
- In 2021, 18,462 screening breath tests were carried out in Wales a reduction from 24,800 in 2020. In 2021, 2,900 of these tests (16%) were categorised as either ‘positive or refused’, compared to 3,600 (14%) in 2020.
- In 2021, there were 153 positive breath tests of drivers involved in collisions, a decrease of 17 (13%) compared with 2020.