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Are Britain's roads safe?

Patrick Christys
Jul 26, 2019


The number of car owners in Britain has skyrocketed to its highest ever level.

Roads are now busier than they've ever been which, presumably, means more accidents.

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But how safe are Britain's roads? 

According to the latest set of figures from the Department for Transport, 1,782 people were killed on roads last year.

That's down just 1% on the previous year.

But it might shock you to know that Britain actually has the safest roads in Europe.

The European Commission, an EU body that we've done our best to annoy in recent years, publicly stated that UK roads were the best...it makes you think about just how bad the highways must be in some other countries!

According to the Daily Mail, the DfT's new report showed there were 160,378 casualties of all severities last year - including deaths, serious injuries and slight injuries. 

That is 6% less than in 2017 and is the lowest level on record. Compared to a decade ago, it's a reduction of almost a third (31%).

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So the increased number of drivers in Britain hasn't actually had an impact on road safety - that's a relief!

The latest research from the national Travel Survey show that an estimated 32.9m peoplehave a full driving license in the UK.

The rate of fatalities per billion vehicle miles fell by one per cent to 5.38 in 2018 from 5.43 the proceeding year, DfT numbers claim.

The report stated: 'The trend in the number of fatalities has been broadly flat since 2010. 

'Previously, and particularly between 2006 and 2010, the general trend was for fatalities to fall. Since that point, most of the year-on-year changes are either explained by one-off causes (for instance, the snow in 2010) or natural variation. 

'The evidence points towards Britain being in a period when the fatality numbers are stable and most of the changes relate to random variation.'

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