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Road deaths fall by 1%

Road deaths fell 1% last year according to new figures released from the Department for Transport (DfT).
The number of people killed in road accidents fell from 3,201 in 2005 to 3,172 in 2006. Overall, there were 258,404 road casualties in the UK in 2006, 5% less than in 2005.However, the number of children killed on the road was 20% up at 169. There was also a 5% rise in motorcycle deaths from 599.The figures show that the government is close to achieving its target for cutting numbers killed and seriously injured by 40% compared to 1994-98 figures. The 2006 figures showed a 33% drop in those killed or seriously injured on the road compared to the 1994-98 average and a 52% drop in the number of children killed or seriously injured compared to the 1994-98 average.Meanwhile, road traffic levels rose by 1%.

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