Road Safety: Deaths down but more still to do, especially on cycling.

On Monday I asked ministers whether they would consider lowering the drink drive limits.

Regular blog readers know my views on this, my opposition to increase speed limits on motorways, and my support for the 20’s plenty campaign.

The Ten Minute Rule Bill I introduced to parliament last February was part of the work I have done in the pursuit of safer roads, and I have been Brake's MP of the Year.

This blog is mostly about good news. The latest stats show that road deaths, serious injuries and road casualties are all down.

  • The number of people killed in road incidents reported to the police decreased to 1,754 in 2012 from 1,901 in 2011 (a fall of 8%).

  • The number of people seriously injured decreased by 0.4% to 23,039 in 2012 from 23,122 in 2011. The total number of casualties in road incidents reported to the police in 2012 was 195,723, down 4% from the 2011 total.

Child causalities (ages 0-15) also fell by 11%, and the number children killed or seriously injured also fell, decreasing by 6% to 2,272 in 2012 from 2,412 in 2011.

Some of the stats are worrying. The number of cyclists killed rose by 10 per cent from 107 in 2011 to 118 in 2012.

This is bad news, and shows how important the recent announcements of £40million of new funding to improve cycling routes. Locally, there is £600,000 of improvements including a big scheme planned at the Wilbraham Rd/Wilmslow road junction.

Not only is cycling healthy and enjoyable but by getting more people out of their cars and on their bikes, we can ease congestion too and strengthen our local economy.

There is still much to do, but the general trend is in the right direction.



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