Deaths and injuries peak in November
Pedestrians and drivers are being warned to be extra vigilant as figures show they are more likely to be killed or injured on the roads in November than in any other month of the year.
Reviewing the available monthly road casualty data, from 2010-2014, the average number of reported serious pedestrian casualties rises from a low of 397 in August to a peak of 565 in November, an increase of 42 per cent. Furthermore, pedestrians account for more than a quarter (26 per cent) of serious injuries each November.
Car occupant casualty rates also peak in November, with an average of 832 serious injuries to drivers and their passengers in this month. Reviewing the available casualty statistics from the last five years, there are an average of 2,135 people killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads in November. Of great concern is the fact that people aged 16-24 account for 24 per cent of the casualties on Britain’s roads over the course of the month.
David Davies, Executive Director of PACTS added: “The risk to road users is heightened in November as people travel more in periods of darkness. PACTS wants to see our roads and vehicles made safer for all road users so that small errors don’t result in death or life-changing injury. We now have the technology and understanding to do this. We need to get on with it.”
The analysis comes as Direct Line and PACTS publish the latest update of the Constituency Road Safety Dashboard. This index calculates the casualty rates for residents of each parliamentary constituency in Great Britain relative to the local population.