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Roads: Accidents

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 3 February 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what progress has been made in reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured in road traffic accidents involving cars and motorcyclists over the last three years. (314503)

The information requested is shown in the following table. These figures include all killed and seriously injured casualties in these accidents, not just occupants of the specified vehicles.

Reported killed or seriously injured road casualties in accidents involving cars and motorcycles: GB 2006-08

Accident year

2006

2007

2008

Number of killed or seriously injured casualties in:

All accidents involving a car

26,713

25,468

23,724

All accidents involving a motorcycle

6,992

7,247

6,457

All accidents involving a car and a motorcycle

4,390

4,589

3,991

Percentage change from previous year:

All accidents involving a car

-1.7

-4.7

-6.8

All accidents involving a motorcycle

0.0

3.6

-10.9

All accidents involving a car and a motorcycle

-2.4

4.5

-13.0

The Department for Transport consulted in 2009 on a new road safety strategy for the next two decades, “A Safer Way: Consultation on making Britain's Roads the Safest in the World”. This consultation identified protecting motorcyclists as one of a number of key road safety challenges and proposed specific measures, as well as initiatives to tackle safety on rural roads, where motorcyclists are at particular risk. The new road safety strategy will be published following the completion of the North Review into drug and drink driving law.

The Government's Motorcycling Strategy sets out a range of measures to improve the safety of all powered two-wheel users. It was published in February 2005 and a revised action plan was issued in June 2008. This includes THINK! publicity for powered two wheeler and other road users, improvements to rider training, a safer road environment and safer vehicles and equipment. We are currently working with stakeholders on revising the Motorcycle Strategy.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how many road traffic accidents in Torbay constituency involved loss of life in each of the last five years; (314613)

(2) how many road traffic accidents there were in (a) Devon and (b) Torbay constituency in each of the last five years; how many such accidents involved (i) motorcyclists and (ii) cyclists in each such year; and how many accidents of each type resulted in loss of life in each such year.

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Reported personal injury road accidents in Devon county and Torbay parliamentary constituency1: 2004-08

Accident year

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Devon county

All accidents

3,797

4,002

3,822

3,782

3,191

Ail accidents involving a motorcycle2

556

560

469

513

465

All accidents involving a pedal cycle2

279

282

275

260

259

All fatal accidents

41

54

41

53

40

All fatal accidents involving a motorcycle2

15

17

5

16

11

All fatal accidents involving a pedal cycle2

1

2

3

0

4

Torbay parliamentary constituency

All accidents

347

328

301

291

283

All accidents involving a motorcycle2

53

52

36

49

42

All accidents involving a pedal cycle2

25

14

22

17

24

All fatal accidents

3

1

2

2

2

All fatal accidents involving a motorcycle2

0

0

0

0

0

All fatal accidents involving a pedal cycle2

0

0

0

0

1

1 Based on 2004 parliamentary constituency boundaries. 2 Includes accidents involving both motorcycles and pedal cycles. There were two such accidents in Devon in 2008.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the accident cluster sites are in the (a) St. Edmundsbury Borough Council and (b) Mid Suffolk District Council area. (314866)

There is no standard definition for an accident cluster site. The assessment of local accident cluster sites is a matter for the relevant local highway authorities.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many road traffic (a) accidents and (b) fatalities there were involving drivers under the age of 21 years in (i) Bury St. Edmunds constituency and (ii) Suffolk in each year since 1997. (314874)

The information requested is shown in the following table.

Reported personal injury road accidents and fatalities, involving at least one driver1 aged under 21 years: 1997 to 2008

Suffolk

Bury St. Edmunds2

Accidents

Fatalities

Accidents

Fatalities

1997

379

7

72

2

1998

377

3

70

1

1999

386

6

47

1

2000

375

12

62

2

2001

384

8

55

0

2002

377

5

48

1

2003

398

9

69

0

2004

367

7

45

0

2005

423

4

71

1

2006

367

17

58

0

2007

372

5

53

0

2008

345

3

45

0

1 Car, goods vehicle, bus and coach drivers.

2 Based on 2004 parliamentary constituency boundaries.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many road traffic (a) accidents and (b) fatalities have occurred (i) on the A14 and (ii) elsewhere in Suffolk between the hours of 8pm and 8am in each year since 1997. (314877)

The information requested is shown in the following table.

Reported personal injury road accidents1 and fatalities2 occurring between the hours of 20.00 and 08.00: 1997 to 2008

Suffolk (excluding A14)

A14 (Suffolk section)

Accidents

Fatalities

Accidents

Fatalities

1997

519

15

29

3

1998

526

4

23

1

1999

518

22

26

1

2000

502

21

33

4

2001

553

18

39

5

2002

543

19

50

3

2003

566

20

36

1

2004

518

16

37

3

2005

530

19

42

2

2006

484

19

37

2

2007

480

13

39

3

2008

431

13

29

0

1 Reported accidents in which at least one person was injured.

2 Casualties in road accidents who were fatally injured.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many road traffic accidents have occurred in Suffolk on each day of the week in each year since 1997. (314878)

The information requested is given in the following table:

Reported personal injury road accidents in Suffolk by day of week: 1997 to 2008

Number of accidents

Year of accident

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Total

1997

308

328

357

323

385

295

228

2,224

1998

328

337

331

310

374

330

241

2,251

1999

339

340

327

327

362

314

289

2,298

2000

309

319

334

355

427

327

241

2,312

2001

382

348

338

328

386

332

242

2,356

2002

335

328

314

375

380

321

247

2,300

2003

356

343

308

356

393

298

287

2,341

2004

289

310

349

374

353

301

244

2,220

2005

337

319

361

325

377

283

235

2,237

2006

313

283

306

313

390

265

217

2,087

2007

320

330

309

297

341

263

216

2,076

2008

302

289

346

326

341

236

221

2,061

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many road traffic accidents have occurred on the A14 in Suffolk on each day of the week in each year since 1997. (314879)

The information requested is given in the following table:

Reported personal injury road accidents on the A14 in Suffolk by day of week: 1997 to 2008

Number of accidents

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Total

1997

16

19

22

15

16

20

20

128

1998

18

16

20

11

22

18

18

123

1999

22

20

17

14

17

16

16

122

2000

19

27

24

28

14

15

11

138

2001

17

17

22

23

21

22

16

138

2002

26

28

20

20

27

21

15

157

2003

22

22

23

23

14

11

13

128

2004

17

20

25

23

21

20

17

143

2005

18

23

33

16

28

15

17

150

2006

21

22

24

12

20

11

9

119

2007

13

23

18

24

21

13

14

126

2008

25

15

24

20

25

4

13

126

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many road traffic accidents occurred in Milton Keynes on average on each day of the week in each year since 1997. (315368)

The information requested is given in the following table:

The average number of reported personal injury road accidents in Milton Keynes (unitary authority) on each day of the week: 1997 to 2008

Average number of accidents

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Total number of accidents

1997

2.79

2.71

3.34

2.54

2.96

2.48

1.90

977

1998

2.75

3.29

2.73

2.81

2.87

1.98

2.35

979

1999

2.83

2.85

2.58

2.71

3.36

2.31

1.65

954

2000

2.90

2.90

2.71

3.02

3.65

2.26

1.91

1,011

2001

2.45

2.71

2.83

2.44

3.10

2.29

2.02

930

2002

2.17

2.21

2.50

2.62

3.06

2.12

1.87

862

2003

2.67

2.44

1.98

2.56

2.62

2.10

1.60

832

2004

2.37

2.31

2.35

2.49

2.75

1.98

1.69

834

2005

2.33

2.63

2.60

2.65

3.06

1.77

1.62

868

2006

2.25

2.87

2.58

2.44

3.25

2.08

1.89

904

2007

2.26

2.40

2.21

2.37

2.42

2.08

1.56

798

2008

2.04

2.28

2.42

2.19

2.38

1.96

1.31

763