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Fatal road accidents have fallen again

The government has released its latest report on the number of people killed or injured on the roads in the UK, and it certainly shows some encouraging signs.

It shows a reduction of 2% in fatal road accidents in 2013 – the lowest number of road deaths since records began back in 1926. This is also a 46% reduction in fatal road accidents in the last nine years.

Brake, a national charity that supports people who are bereaved or injured as a result of road accidents, welcomed the government report, but highlighted that even though there was a reduction of 2%, this figure still represents five people who died each day in 2013 on the roads.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive at Brake, said, "Road crashes leave scars, both mental and physical, that last a lifetime. That's why five deaths a day on our roads is still too many; one would be too many."
In addition to the reduction in fatalities on our roads, there has been a reduction in most other areas too, with a 6% reduction in serious injuries and a 6% reduction in reported casualties from road accidents.

Interestingly, traffic levels have actually increased in the same period by 0.4%.

Vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, are still at a significantly high risk, representing 23% of the total number of fatalities. However, car occupants were the highest at 46%.
While these figures are encouraging, there is still a lot to do to bring the number of fatal accidents down.

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