Road casualties in Great Britain First Quarter 2006
Road casualties in Great Britain: Quarterly Provisional Estimates: First Quarter 2006
London, United Kingdom – The Department of Transport 2006-08-03 has published National Statistics on road casualties in Great Britain in the first quarter of 2006, which relate to casualties in accidents reported to the police.
These provisional figures indicate that the number of fatalities in road accidents fell by 2 per cent in the twelve months ending March 2006 compared with the previous twelve months. Total casualties were down 3 per cent, and killed and seriously injured casualties down 4 per cent, compared with the previous 12 months.
The bulletin can be found on the Department’s website at: http://www.dft.gov.uk/stellent/groups/dft_transstats/documents/page/dft_transstats_612217.hcsp
- 1. These statistics have been published on the Department’s website since 2003 under a National Statistics label of ‘experimental statistics’. That enables new series to be put into the public domain while their accuracy and their ability to meet customer needs is being tested. The revisions to the quarterly estimates of total casualties have been minimal and current statistics are a sufficiently robust estimate of final figures to justify the continuation of the series.
- 2. These provisional figures will be subject to revisions as further information becomes available. The estimates are based on data known to the Department at the data deadline on 20 July 2006. Caution should be taken in drawing conclusions about longer term trends from a single quarter’s or year’s estimates, as there are random fluctuations in numbers from quarter to quarter particularly in the smaller categories of road user and for fatalities.
- 3. Figures for deaths refer to persons killed immediately or who died within 30 days of the accident. This is the usual international definition, adopted by the Vienna Convention in 1968. Similar statistics of deaths on public roads, but compiled by date of registration, are published by the Registrars General.
- 4. Research conducted in the 1990s has shown that not all accidents are reported. A note on this research has been included in the bulletin. The Department published two papers on the level of under-reporting on 23 June, which can be found at www.dft.gov.uk
- 5. The next quarterly bulletin will be published on Thursday 2 November 2006.