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Roads: Safety Measures

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what improvements her Department has made to road safety since 2005. (219920)

The Road Safety Strategy includes three targets.

By 2010 we want to achieve, compared to the average for 1994-98:

a 40 per cent. reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured in road accidents (KSIs);

a 50 per cent. reduction in the number of children killed or seriously injured; and

a 10 per cent. reduction in the slight casualty rate, expressed as the number of people slightly injured per 100 million vehicle kilometres.

The second review of the Government’s Road Safety Strategy details the actions taken towards achieving the casualty reduction targets for 2010 and is published on the DFT website at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/strategytargetsperformance/

The latest results on road safety statistics for 2007 have been published on the DFT website. Overall, deaths have fallen by 7 per cent. compared to 2006, to 2,943. Serious injuries were down 3 per cent. KSIs are now 36 per cent. below the 1994-98 average baseline, and child KSIs fell by 6 per cent. and are now 55 per cent. below the baseline.