Road deaths down in Essex

News / Thu 11th Jul 2013 pm31 12:11pm

roadsDATA from Essex Highways has revealed that Killed and Seriously Injured (KSI) casualties decreased in 2012 and are at their lowest since at least 2005.

The data, released following last week’s publication by the Department of Transport “Road Casualties in Great Britain; Main Results 2012”, shows that KSI casualties in Essex were 630 in 2011 and fell to 602 in 2012. This represents a 4.4% decrease set against a national decrease of 1.1%. However, there was an increase in the number of people killed in Essex rising from 35 in 2011 to 38 in 2012.

The newly released data also highlights some of the key groups involved in collisions on the roads in Essex;

Powered Two Wheelers, e.g. motorcycles, scooters and mopeds, continue to account for the largest proportion of KSI in Essex (26% in 2012 vs 29% in 2011) but there has been a 14% decrease from 180 KSI in 2011 to 155 KSI in 2012

KSI casualties resulting from a collision in which the vehicle deemed at fault was a car driven by a Young Car Driver (17-25 year old), has shown an increase of 18% from 97 in 2011 to 114 in 2012, accounting for 19% of all KSI. However, 2011 was an exceptional year for the reduction in Young Driver KSI which was not mirrored nationally. Although historical data shows a consistent downward trend for Young Driver KSI (bar 2012), Essex Highways will be continuing to focus educational activity at this audience

Pedestrians have shown the greatest level of reduction in KSI with a 30% decrease, from 115 in 2011 to 81 in 2012. This category now accounts for 14% of all KSI as opposed to 18% in 2011.

Whilst pedal cyclists account for one of the smaller categories (11% of all KSI), there has been an increase from 41 KSI in 2011 to 67 KSI in 2012.

KSI Casualties under 18 years of age have fallen by 23% from 91 KSI in 2011 to 70 KSI in 2012 and represent 12% of all KSI

Drink Driving continues to be the smallest category, representing 3% of KSI with 21 KSI in 2011 and 18 KSI in 2012.

Essex County Council is determined that, working with its partners on the Essex Casualty Reduction Board (ECRB), it will continue to focus resources on targeting those groups more likely to be involved in accidents especially young drivers, powered two wheels riders and cyclists. This will be through a combination of education, enforcement and publicity.

Councillor Rodney L Bass, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation at Essex County Council and Chairman of the Essex Casualty Reduction Board said: “The reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads is testament to the level of activity, support and dedication from all of the partners in the ECRB.

“Although fatalities have been reducing over the years, I am saddened to see an increase in 2012. No fatality is acceptable and we will continue to effectively target resources and engage with residents about road safety issues to try and reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads in the county.

“However, road safety is everyone’s responsibility and whilst some drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk we will continue to target them with enforcement and education activity to make our roads safer.”

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