UK pedestrian deaths rise amid lack of progress on road safety

Published Thu, 27/09/2018 - 17:26

The number of pedestrians killed on UK roads has hit a nine-year high, according to figures just released by the Government. 

There were 1,793 reported road deaths in 2017, similar to the level seen since 2012.

According to the Reported road casualties in Great Britain: 2017 annual report, published by the Department for Transport (DfT) there were 1,793 reported road deaths in 2017. This is an increase of one fatality on the 2016 figures. However, that year saw a 4% rise in fatalities compared to 2015. DfT officials said the 2017 figure was similar to the levels seen since 2012.  

 In 2017 there were 24,831 serious injuries in road traffic collisions, reported to the police. This compares with 24,101 in 2016. Officials warned that comparison with earlier years should be interpreted with caution due to changes in systems for severity reporting.  

There were a total of 170,993 casualties of all severities in 2017. This was 6% lower than in 2016 and the lowest level on record.