In the year running from April 2010 to March 2011, 1,870 people were killed and 22,900 seriously injured; figures that represent falls of 10% and 5% respectively compared to the previous year. Taking into account slight injuries as well as serious ones and deaths, the total figures for all casualties on the roads up to March 2011 was 208,150, 5% less than the year before.
Casualties among children aged 0-15 have also dropped. A 3% decrease took the total number to 19,810, while at the same time the number killed or seriously injured fell to 2,510. Linking with recent stories of decreasing fuel sales, traffic on the roads actually fell by 0.7% up to March 2010.
Injuries involving drink-driving have decreased sharply. Deaths came down by 35%, from 380 in 2009 to 250 in 2010, while the number of serious injuries fell by 18%, down to 1,230. Minor casualties dropped by 19%, helping to reduce the total amount of casualties involving drink-driving from 12,030 to 9,700. The amount of accidents involving drivers over the limit fell from 8,050 to 6,630.
Transport minister Norman Baker said: “The provisional figures for 2010 suggest the number of drink-drive deaths is now 83% lower than 30 years ago. This is very welcome. However, we are determined to continue to take firm action against the small minority of drivers who still ignore the limit.”