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Accident statistics

News analysis

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.

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