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Reported Road Casualties English Local Authority Tables: 2008

Introduction

  • This is solely a web site based publication of Reported Road Casualties English Local Authority Tables: 2008. It presents statistics about personal injury road accidents and their consequent casualties for English Government Office Regions, Counties, Unitary Authorities and Districts. These statistics are to inform public debate on matters of road safety and partly to provide the basis for determining and monitoring effective road safety policies, at the level provided. This also provides estimates of road casualty rates (casualties per 100 million vehicle kilometres of traffic) for individual authorities. Thus, local authorities will be able to monitor their progress against the third Road Safety Strategy target - to reduce the rate of slight casualties by 10 per cent in 2010 compared to the 1994 to 1998 average.
  • Four of the tables used in this publication contain traffic data by Local Authority (Tables 1.2a, b and c and Table 1.5). Traffic data at this level is not designated a National Statistic and therefore the accompanying casualty rates calculated from that data are not therefore designated a National Statistic. This is because for some local authorities the sample of points on minor roads is very small, as the survey was designed to provide reliable national and regional traffic estimates. As a result, the sampling errors for individual authorities can be large. This limits the value of the estimates for comparing the levels of traffic across different authorities. For this reason we will not declare them - or the estimated casualty rates based on them - as National Statistics. Traffic data and casualty rates are based on all motor vehicle kilometres rather all vehicle kilometres, as pedal traffic data at this level is not robust. This will not however make a significant difference to the final rates.
  • The credible monitoring of targeted reductions requires that data be reported consistently and accurately. Local and national government, and local police forces, work closely to achieve a common reporting standard. A complex devolved reporting system such as that operated in Great Britain will never produce perfect results, but the high standards that are achieved reflect the efforts of local authorities and police forces to report to the standard national requirement. Research conducted in the 1990s has shown that many non-fatal injury accidents are not reported to the police. In addition, some casualties reported to the police are not recorded and the severity of injury tends to be underestimated. The Department is undertaking further research to investigate whether the level of under-reporting have changed. The most recent work on levels of reporting is published by the Department in an article in Reported Road Casualties Great Britain: 2008 Annual Report (pages 74-79). 
  • The system for collecting and processing statistics on road accidents involving personal injury is subjected to review about every five years. The external consultation process for the current review has now ended. The aim will be for any changes to the system to be agreed and implemented in January 2011.

Further information can be obtained from:

Anil Bhagat
Department for Transport
Zone 2/21
Great Minster House
76 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DR

Telephone: 020 7944 6595
E-mail: roadacc.stats@dft.gov.uk

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