Increase in UK road casualties

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The latest figures suggest there has been a 1.9% increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured on Britain's roads, leading some to criticise the government's road safety record, Fleet News reports.

In the 12 months ending March of this year, there were 1,780 deaths on UK roads with an additional 22,830 people seriously injured. In the previous year, the total casualty figure was 22,404.

Experts believe that one in three road casualties is work-related. This equates to approximately 11 at-work drivers being killed every week.

The Department for Transport (DfT) figures were showing significant year-on-year reductions in road casualties until 2011.

However, this downward trend has stagnated during the past five years and there has even been a 6% increase in the number of fatalities since 2013.

When it comes to incident rates according to road type, there was a 3% increase in the number of crashes involving fatalities on motorways and A roads during the 12 months ending March 2016, up from 1,014 to 1,040.

However, over the same period, there was a decrease in fatal accidents on minor roads, falling 2% from 644 to 630.

Executive director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS), David Davies, said: "The Government is failing in its manifesto commitment to reduce the number of road users killed or seriously injured.

"We need to see stronger action on a range of fronts, particularly drink driving, which accounts for 13% of all deaths."

The DfT's figures are provisional statistics based on data supplied by police forces. However, as some forces failed to supply their statistics, the DfT estimated incident rates.

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