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Figures show rise in road deaths


Figures have shown a rise in road accident victims

Figures have shown a rise in road accident victims

Figures have shown a rise in road accident victims

The number of road casualties of all severities increased last year for the first time since 1997.

Deaths in 2014 totalled 1,775, which was a 4% rise compared with 2013, while serious injuries were up 5% and slight injuries rose 6%, Government figures showed.

Pedestrians accounted for three quarters of the increase in deaths last year, with pedestrian fatalities rising 12% to 446.

Deaths to children (aged 15 or under) rose from 48 in 2013 to 53 in 2014.

There were 113 pedal cyclist deaths last year - four more than in 2013. Serious injuries to pedal cyclists rose 8.2% to 3,401.

The RAC Foundation said the figures were "worrying", while the The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) called for road safety targets to be reintroduced.

The 2014 statistics, which relate to Great Britain and cover road traffic accidents reported to the police, showed:

:: Serious injuries, at 22,807, rose for the first time since 1994;

:: Car occupant deaths, at 797, accounted for 45% of all deaths, while pedestrian deaths (446) represented 25%;

:: Motorcyclist deaths increased 2.4% to 339, with serious injuries rising 8.7%. Total motorcycling casualties (killed, seriously injured and slightly injured) rose to the highest level since 2009;

:: The 53 child deaths last year comprised 29 pedestrians, 18 car occupants and six pedal cyclists. Child serious injuries rose 5% but the total of 2,029 was still the second-lowest on record;

:: The number of older people (aged 60 or over) killed last year rose 16.6% to 535;

:: The number of total pedal cyclist casualties rose 9.5% - the highest figure since 1999 and a 31% increase since the low of 2007.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: "Britain continues to have some of the safest roads in the world. In 2013 fewer people died on British roads than at any point since records began and last year was the third lowest total on record. There were also 45% fewer fatalities in 2014 than a decade ago."

RAC Foundation director Steve Gooding said: "These figures are worrying. Vulnerable road users are bearing the brunt of crashes and make up half of all fatalities. In recent years cars have been getting safer for their occupants but even here there has been a rise in casualties."

IAM policy and research director Neil Greig said: "These figures are greatly concerning and show the time for action is now.

"We are clear on what needs to happen. We call again for road safety targets to be reintroduced - they are the only clear way of ensuring reductions are measured and achieved."

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