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Our roads are becoming safer.

Byline: By David Whinyates

The number of people killed or injured on Britain's roads fell again last year...despite an increase in traffic volume.

Road casualty figures published by the Government show a three per cent drop in the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads, with the same reduction in overall casualty figures.

Significantly, however, with road traffic levels three per cent higher than in 2001, the latest figures mean that the casualty rate per 100 million vehicle kilometres was six per cent lower than in 2001.

These latest figures show that Britain's roads are becoming safer.

Two years ago the Government announced a new road safety strategy and set new targets for reducing casualties by 2010. It wants to see:

N A 40% reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured;

N A 50% reduction in the number of children killed or seriously injured;

Key points from the Government's report include:

N Child casualties fell by 9 per cent.

N Pedestrian casualties were 4 per cent lower than 2001. Pedestrian deaths fell by 6 per cent.

N The number of serious injuries to pedal cyclists fell by 9 per cent and the number killed fell by 6 per cent.

N Casualties of two-wheeled motor vehicle users fell by 2 per cent.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 11, 2003
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