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Roads: Accidents

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents on roads in England involved drivers who were aged 17 in 2007. (180663)

The information requested is not available. Statistics on reported personal injury road accidents in 2007 are due to be published in June 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what percentage of (a) drivers and (b) vehicle passengers who were (i) killed and (ii) seriously injured on roads were not wearing seat belts in 2007. (180665)

The information requested is not available. Research reported in the published “Second Review of the Government’s Road Safety Strategy” and “Road Safety Research Report No. 76: Trends in Fatal Car-occupant Accidents” both published on 26 February 2007, estimates that about a third of fatally injured car occupants were not wearing their seatbelts. For 2005 figures, it represents about 565 people, and it is estimated that about 370 people might have survived if they had been properly restrained. These reports are available at the following links and have also been deposited in the Libraries of the House.

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/strategytargets performance/2ndreview/

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/research/rsrr/theme5/76?version=2

A research report giving further details on seat belt wearing has also been published by TRL limited.

http://www.trl.co.uk/store/report_detail.asp?srid=6160&pid=220

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) road traffic accidents, (b) road traffic fatalities, (c) accidents involving motorcyclists, (d) fatalities involving motorcyclists, (e) accidents involving bicyclists and (f) fatalities involving bicyclists there were in each county in the UK for each year since 1997. (180961)

[holding answer 22 January 2008]: Tables showing the number of (a) reported personal injury road accidents, (b) fatalities, (c) reported personal injury road accidents involving at least one motorcycle, (d) motorcycle fatalities, (e) reported personal injury road accidents involving at least one pedal cycle and (f) pedal cycle fatalities in each county in GB for 1997 to 2006 have been deposited in the Libraries of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what procedures her Department uses to collect statistics on the number of road traffic accidents, with particular reference to accidents in Devon. (182118)

The national collision statistical reporting form (commonly known as STATS19) is used to collect standard information, when a personal injury road accident is reported to the police. The information is collected by the police at the scene of the accident or, in a minority of cases, it is reported by a member of the public at a police station. Some 50 data items are collected for each accident, including the time, location and circumstances of the accident, the vehicles involved and some information on each casualty. After processing this information is forwarded by each police force (via local processing authorities in the case of some forces) to the Department electronically and entered into a database. The data are checked, analysed and detailed results published annually in “Road Casualties Great Britain”.

Personal injury road accident data in Devon are collected on behalf of the Department by Devon and Cornwall constabulary. Accident and casualty totals for the year are agreed with Devon county council at the year end.