Every day on average 10 people are killed on UK roads.
In 2001 3,443 died, including 823 pedestrians.
There were 228,825 accidents involving personal injury in 2001, 2% down on 2000.
There were 313,046 casualties in 2001, 2% down on 2000 l40,537 people were killed or seriously injured in 2001, 2% down on 2000.
The number of child road deaths rose by 14% from 191 to 218 in 2001, a 10-year high.
The government has set a target of reducing deaths and serious injuries in road accidents by 40% by 2010. It also aims to reduce the number of child deaths and serious injuries by 50%.
Most research shows that the largest single contributor to casualties on UK roads is driving at excessive or inappropriate speeds. It is now a bigger factor in deaths and serious injuries than alcohol.
Gloucester City Council identifies excessive speed as a causation factor in 14% of crashes, and inappropriate speed in a further 32%.
Every 1mph reduction in average speeds brings a 5% reduction in casualties and a 7.5% reduction in deaths.
Evidence from the West Midlands shows that less than 2% of accidents in the region were caused by excessive speed.