Reported road casualties in Great Britain: Estimates for accidents involving illegal Alcohol levels 2015: (Final)
An annual report giving final estimates for fatal accidents in Great Britain involving illegal alcohol levels where at least one driver was over the drink drive limit.
- Although the final estimate for 2015 shows that the number of fatalities has fallen by 40 since 2014, this change is not statistically significant.
- 1,370 people were estimated to ahve been killed or seriously injured in drink drive accidents. This represents a statistically significant rise from 1,310 in 2014, and is the highest estimate since 2012.
- The estimated total number of accidents where at least one driver was over the alcohol limit rose by 2 percent to 5,730 in 2015.
- Since 1979 there has been a 71 per cent reduction in the number of drink drive accidents, and a 73 per cent reduction in casualties.
Young people road casualties, 2015
An annual report about road traffic casualties amongst young people, that is people aged between 16 and 24 inclusive.
Progress towards 2020 target
- The number of Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) Young People, aged 16-24 years, was 284 in 2015, an increase of 4 per cent since 2014.
- Whilst the number of KSI casualties in this age group has increased in recent years there has still been a reduction of 28 per cent against the 2004 – 08 average.
- The target is that by 2020, and compared with the 2004 to 2008 average, there will be a 40 per cent reduction in the number of young people (aged 16 to 24) KSI.
Higher risk of road traffic casualties for young people
- Young people aged 16 to 24 were 12 per cent of the population and 23 per cent of all KSI in 2015. Over the last five years, the average was 23.2 per cent of KSI casualties.
- The relative risk of becoming a casualty for young people is much higher as a passenger than as a pedestrian or driver. Young people aged 16 to 19 were 4.9 per cent of the population in 2015, but they accounted for 15 per cent of all passenger fatalities over the five year period 2011 to 2015 inclusive.
- Just under half (47 per cent) of passenger casualties aged 16 to 19 were in vehicles driven by drivers aged between 17 and 19, and a further 21 per cent were vehicles driven by drivers aged 20-24.
Drivers’ involvement in accidents
- Between 2011 and 2015, young people aged 17 to 19 were 4 per cent of the population (mid-2015 figures), but 6 per cent of all drivers (3,497) in accidents were in that age bracket.
Pedestrian Road Casualties, 2015
An annual report which includes information on age and sex of casualty, type of road, speed limit, location of pedestrian when hit, type of vehicle involved and time of accident.
- In 2015, the number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured (KSI) totalled 207 and casualties classed as slightly injured numbered 641.
Child (aged 0 – 15) pedestrian casualties
- The number of child KSI pedestrian casualties totalled 44 in 2015.
- They account for around a third of all pedestrian casualties.
- They are associated with journeys to and from school with numbers of casualties peaking at around 8am and 3pm during the week.
- There have been 2 child pedestrian fatalities in 2015, the first since 2011.
Pedal Cyclist Casualties, 2015
A report that includes information on age and sex of casualty, type of road, speed limit and time of accident.
- Between 2000 and 2010, killed or seriously injured (KSI) numbers have fluctuated between 61 and 84 casualties per year, and increased to 118 casualties in 2011. Latest figures, for 2015, show a slight decline on 2014 to 123 KSIs.
- Men comprise the majority of pedal cyclist casualties; over the whole period from 2004 to 2015 they accounted for 86 per cent of all casualties.
- In 2015, those aged 30-49 formed the largest group of pedal cyclist casualties, accounting for 36 per cent of the total.
- Child pedal cyclist casualties fell by 63 per cent between 2004 and 2015, from 203 in 2004 to 75 in 2015. Over the same period child KSI casualties fell from 23 to 16.
- The proportion of all KSI pedal cyclist casualties that were children dropped from 35 per cent of all KSI casualties in 2004 to 13 per cent in 2015.
Motorcycle User Casualties, 2015
A report which includes information on the risks of motorcycling, bike engine capacity, time of accidents, local conditions and casualties by age, gender, junction location and local authority area.
- In 2015, there were 25 motorcyclist fatalities on Welsh roads.
- There were 248 seriously injured motorcyclist casualties, giving the total number killed or seriously injured at 273 casualties during the year.
- There were 420 slightly injured motorcyclist casualties.
Drinking and Driving, 2015
An annual report which presents information about association between drink driving and accidents, results of breath tests of drivers involved in accidents and enforcement action relating to drink driving.
- In 2015, 7.1 per cent of all drivers of motorised vehicles and 14.3 per cent of motorcyclist drivers/riders killed in traffic collisions were above the drink drive limit.
- The Department of Transport (DfT) report that 5.4 per cent of killed and serious injury accidents (KSI) that occurred in Wales in 2014 involved drivers over the blood alcohol limit.
- In terms of road accidents, police officers’ views about the contributory factors that led to accidents suggested that 8 per cent of KSI accidents during 2015 involved drivers that were impaired by alcohol.
- In 2015, 63 accidents where the reporting police officer identified pedestrian(s) being impaired by alcohol as a contributory factor to that accident.
- In 2015, there were approximately 5 accidents where the driver was impaired by alcohol, for every 1 accident where a driver was impaired by drugs.
Breath tests of drivers taken after accidents show:
- Considerable variation between the months of the year and the same months in different years with a 5.7 per cent reduction in positive tests observed when compared to the 2014 data.
- Drivers are 2.8 per cent more likely to test positive at the weekend.
- 64.6 per cent of drivers test positive between 18:00 to 03:59
Motoring Offenders, 2015
An annual report which includes information on proceedings at Magistrates' courts, drug and drink driving offences and breath tests.
- The number of Fixed Penalty Notices for motoring offences issued by the police (including traffic wardens) in Wales in 2015 was 66,513, a 13 per cent decrease on 2014. Speed limit offences comprised 51,009 of these notices, or 77 per cent of all fixed penalty notices issued in that year.
- In 2015, the magistrates’ courts proceeded against a total of 57,216 motoring offenders, up 5 per cent on the 2014 figure.
- In 2015, men accounted for 66 per cent of motoring offenders proceedings at magistrates’ courts.
Reported Road Casualties Great Britain, 2015
Today the Department for Transport has published Reported Road Casualties Great Britain, 2015.
- In 2015 there were 1,732 reported road deaths in 2015, a decrease of 2% compared with 2014. This is the second lowest annual total on record after 2013. There were 45% fewer fatalities in 2015 than a decade earlier in 2006.
- The number of people seriously injured in reported road traffic accidents decreased by 3% to 22,137 in 2015, compared with 2014.
- There was a total of 186,209 casualties of all severities in 2015. This is around 4% lower than in 2014 and the second lowest level on record.
- Vehicle traffic levels increased by 1.6% between 2014 and 2015.
Police Recorded Road Casualties, Wales, 2015
Today the Welsh Government has published Police Recorded Road Casualties, Wales, 2015
- In 2015 there were 5,543 road accidents involving personal injury recorded by the police, a reduction of 352 on 2014 (6 per cent reduction)
- These recorded accidents resulted in 7,682 casualties, which was 526 fewer than in 2014.
- Within this total: 105 people were killed on Welsh Roads, which was 2 more than in 2014; 1,081 people were seriously injured, which was 79 fewer (7 per cent fewer) than in 2014; 6,496 people were slightly injured, which was 449 fewer (6 per cent fewer) than 2014
Progress towards targets:
- Target 1 - A 40% reduction in the total number of people killed and seriously injured (KSI) on Welsh roads:
- The number of KSIs in 2015 was 1,186; 16 per cent lower than the 2004-08 average.
- Target 2 - A 25% reduction in the number of motorcyclists KSI on Welsh roads:
- In 2015 there were 273 Motorcyclist KSI; 6 per cent higher than the 2004-08 average.
- Target 3 - A 40% reduction in the number of young people (aged 16-24) KSI on Welsh roads:
- In 2015 there were 284 young people KSI; 28 per cent lower than the 2004-08 average.
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