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Annual road death figures static since 2012, says DfT

Road deaths have stagnated for the fifth year running, according to the latest Department for Transport figures.

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Road deaths have barely changed since 2012, according to DfT figures.

In a rolling 12 months to the end of June 2017, 1,710 people were killed in road traffic accidents in the UK. Although that’s a 5% year-on-year decline, the total has hardly changed since 212, when 1,785 people were killed. In the years since, between 1,710 and 1,799 people have been killed each year in the 12-month period ending in June.

Total casualties, including minor injuries, numbered 176,500 to the end of June, of which 60% (103,010) were cars. Pedestrian injuries were up 1% to 24,190, while 18,870 cyclists were injured – a 2% increase year on year.

Casualty rates per vehicle fell 6%, as traffic levels were 1.4% higher in the 12 months to the end of June 2017 than they had been a year previously.

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.