In 2004, 671 pedestrians were killed in road accidents in Great Britain. This was 21 per cent of all deaths from road accidents, the lowest total for over 40 years.
The total number of deaths in road accidents fell by 8 per cent to 3,221 in 2004 from 3,508 in 2003. However, the number of fatalities has remained fairly constant over the last ten years.
Just over half (52 per cent) of people killed in road accidents in 2004 were car users. Pedal cyclists and two-wheeled motor vehicle users represented 4 and 18 per cent respectively of those killed. Occupants of buses, coaches, goods and other vehicles accounted for the remaining 5 per cent of road deaths.
The total number of road casualties of all severities fell by 3 per cent between 2003 and 2004 to approximately 281,000. This compares with an annual average of approximately 320,000 for the years 1994-98 and 324,000 in 1984.
The decline in the casualty rate, which takes into account the volume of traffic on the roads, has been much steeper. In 1964 there were 240 casualties per 100 million vehicle kilometres. By 2004 this had declined to 56 per 100 million vehicle kilometres.
The United Kingdom has a very good record for road safety compared with most other EU countries. In 2003 it had one of the lowest road death rates in the EU, at 6.14 per 100,000 population. The UK rate was also lower than the rates for other industrialised nations such as Japan (6.96 per 100,000 population), and substantially lower than that of Australia (8.15) and the United States (14.66).
Source: Department for Transport
Notes: Road casualty statistics for 2004 were published in Road Casualties Great Britain Main Results 2004 on 30th June 2005. You can access the full publication using the link on the right hand side.
The statistics refer to personal injury accidents on public roads (including footways) which became known to the police.