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Roads: Accidents

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 21 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many and what proportion of drivers in each five-year age cohort were involved in a road traffic accident causing (a) death and (b) serious injury in each of the last three years for which figures are readily available. (311727)

The information requested is shown in the following tables.

Drivers1 involved in (a) fatal and (b) serious2 reported road accidents by age group: GB 2006-08

Number of drivers

Fatal accidents

Serious accidents

Age of driver

2006

2007

2008

2006

2007

2008

Under 17

14

8

7

66

41

50

17-19

363

331

268

2,566

2,382

2,178

20-24

562

483

384

3,826

3,813

3,497

25-29

440

371

367

3,363

3,121

3,006

30-34

368

351

300

3,072

2,917

2,587

35-39

406

394

310

3,448

3,103

2,862

40-44

414

394

324

3,266

3,011

2,868

45-49

351

347

321

2,505

2,500

2,407

50-54

269

307

238

1,980

2,040

1,887

55-59

304

258

172

1,844

1,738

1,591

60-64

212

191

180

1,335

1,381

1,380

65-69

111

117

103

816

782

763

70-74

86

85

77

644

573

605

75-79

63

69

78

451

479

450

80-84

55

43

55

299

319

327

85-89

35

38

20

148

139

169

90-94

2

6

9

18

23

23

95+

2

1

1

1

2

3

1 Car, goods vehicle, bus and coach drivers.

2 Accidents in which at least one person was seriously injured but no person was killed.

Drivers1 involved in (a) fatal and (b) serious2 reported road accidents per 100,000 driving licence holders3 by age group: GB 2006-08

Rate per 100,000 driving licence holders

Fatal accidents

Serious accidents

Age of Driver

2006

2007

2008

2006

2007

2008

17-19

24

20

17

167

146

137

20-24

19

16

12

126

123

110

25-29

14

12

11

107

99

92

30-34

11

11

9

89

88

79

35-39

10

10

8

87

80

74

40-49

10

10

8

76

72

68

50-59

9

9

7

61

61

56

60+

7

7

6

47

45

42

1 Car, goods vehicle, bus and coach drivers.

2 Accidents in which at least one person was seriously injured but no person was killed.

3 Full and provisional driving licences.

Source:

National Travel Survey

It is not possible to identify if the same driver was involved in more than one accident so there may be some double counting in the number of drivers involved in accidents. This does not take into account people that drive without a licence, driving licence holders that do not drive or those under 17 years of age.

Due to the small sample size used in the National Travel Survey some age groups are shown in age bands larger than five years in the second table.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many (a) adults and (b) children who were (i) killed and (ii) seriously injured in road accidents involving drivers who were under the influence of (A) drink, (B) drugs and (C) both drink and drugs in each of the last three years. (311866)

The estimated number of (a) adults and (b) children who were (i) killed and (ii) seriously injured in reported drink drive accidents in each of the last three years with data available is shown in the following table:

Estimated1 (i) killed and (ii) seriously injured drink drive casualties: GB 2005-07

2005

2006

2007

(i) Killed

(a) Adult2

550

550

410

(b) Child3

10

10

0

All ages4

550

560

410

(ii) Seriously injured

(a) Adult2

1,950

1,860

1,700

(b) Child3

90

70

70

All ages4

2,090

1,970

1,760

1Estimates are based on breath test and coroners' data. They are rounded to the nearest 10 so columns may not add up to their total. 2Aged 16+ years. 3Aged 0-15 years. 4Includes cases where age was not recorded.

The number of (a) adults and (b) children who were (i) killed and (ii) seriously injured in road accidents where “driver impaired by drugs (illicit or medicinal)” was reported as a contributory factor in each of the last three years with data available, and the number where a driver also had “impaired by alcohol” reported as a contributory factor, are shown in the following table:

Reported (a) adult and (b) child road casualties who were (i) killed and (ii) seriously injured in road accidents where “impaired by drugs (illicit or medicinal)” and “impaired by alcohol” were reported as contributory factors1: GB 2006-08

Contributory factor

Year of accident

2006

2007

2008

Impaired by drugs (illicit or medicinal)

(i) Killed

(a) Adult2

62

70

57

(b) Child3

2

1

3

All ages4

64

71

60

(ii) Seriously injured

(a) Adult2

246

247

265

(b) Child3

9

13

11

All ages4

262

261

280

Driver “impaired by drugs (illicit or medicinal)” and “impaired by alcohol”

(i) Killed

(a) Adult2

27

34

27

(b) Child3

0

0

2

All ages4

27

34

29

(ii) Seriously injured

(a) Adult2

94

121

121

(b) Child3

2

7

9

All ages4

99

129

132

1Only includes accidents where a police officer attended the scene and reported a contributory factor.

2Aged 16+ years.

3Aged 0-15 years.

4Includes cases where age was not recorded.

Contributory factors reflect the police officer's opinion at the time of reporting, and where some factors may have contributed to the cause of an accident it may be difficult for a police officer attending the scene after the accident to identify them, so these factors may be under-reported. Not all reported road accidents are included in the contributory factor analysis, only those where a police officer attended the scene and at least one contributory factor was reported.