Summer road deaths fall 5pc but child casualties increase

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There were fewer deaths on the roads last summer than in summer 2011, provisional Government figures show.

But the number of child pedestrians killed or seriously injured rose eight per cent, Government statistics also revealed. Overall, there were 470 people killed in reported road accidents from July to September 2012 – a five per cent dip on the figure of 494 for the same period in 2011.

Adding serious injuries to deaths, there were 6,620 casualties last summer, almost exactly the same figure as the 6,640 in summer 2011. Slight injuries last summer fell by three per cent to 44,140.

Including slight injuries, total casualties on the roads involving children fell nine per cent but child pedestrian (illed or seriously injured (KSIs) rose by eight per cent – from 390 in summer 2011 to 420 in summer 2012.

Overall, pedestrian and pedal cyclist KSIs last summer rose six per cent and seven per cent respectively. Car user KSIs were down six per cent and motorcycle KSIs fell by two per cent.

The number of accidents involving deaths fell five per cent to 440 in summer 2012.