Kent has been revealed as probably the most harmful county for drivers within the UK in response to new analysis.
The county within the south east of England has seen the very best variety of fatalities and critically injured casualties on its roads within the final 5 years.
Of the UK’s 131,369 deaths and critical accidents which passed off on roads between 2015 and 2019, 3,844 occurred in Kent – the very best proportion within the nation.
It was intently adopted by neighbouring Essex which noticed 3,770 within the five-year interval whereas Hampshire got here in third with 3,561.
The analysis, by comparability and switching service Uswitch, has analysed information from the Division of Transport and recognized the native authority areas with the very best variety of deaths and critically injured casualties.
There have been 131,369 reported casualties on UK roads over the previous 5 years the place casualties is outlined as somebody who died or was critically injured.
New information evaluation has revealed Kent is probably the most harmful county for street security. Pictured: A person was rushed to hospital with critical accidents after this crash on the A21 in Kent in Could 2019
Police on scene of a crash on the A12 in Chelmsford, Essex, in June this yr. Essex has been revealed because the county with the second highest variety of street deaths and critical accidents
Splitting this out by street customers, automotive drivers and passengers had been the biggest group, with 48,963 casualties, adopted by pedestrians with 29,517.
In the meantime, there have been 28,671 reported casualties involving motorcyclists and 18,237 involving cyclists.
Nearly all of street accidents contain individuals aged between 24 and 55 years outdated, with 60,119 casualties reported over the previous 5 years – 46% of all recorded casualties.
There was additionally fairly a substantial gender break up within the information, with 69% of all reported accidents involving males, in comparison with simply 31% involving girls.
UK’s most harmful areas for street security
Kent (South East) – 3,844
Essex (East of England) – 3,770
Hampshire (South East) – 3,561
Surrey (South East) – 3,445
Lancashire (North West) – 3,375
West Sussex (South East) – 2,485
Lincolnshire (East Midlands) – 2,371
Birmingham (West Midlands) – 2,300
Norfolk (East of England) – 2,194
Hertfordshire (East of England) – 2,138
Over 50% of casualties on the street occurred at speeds of simply 21 – 30 mph, whereas T-junctions being probably the most harmful sort of junction, with 37,133 reported casualties over the previous 5 years.
The South East of England is house to probably the most harmful roads within the UK, with three out of the 5 native authority areas reporting the very best variety of casualties.
Lancashire is probably the most harmful area within the north of England with 3,375 casualties within the time interval – rating fifth general.
Within the Midlands, Lincolnshire and Birmingham ranked seventh and eighth with 2,317 and a couple of,300 respectively.
In the meantime, outcomes for Scotland and Wales revealed that each international locations had a few of the most secure roads within the UK.
Eight out of the ten native authorities recorded the fewest variety of reported casualties.
Bracknell Forest and Hartlepool had been the one two English areas to look within the high ten.
Kent County Council, the authority answerable for sustaining roads within the area, has stated they’re doing all they will to cut back the variety of deaths and critical accidents on their roads however stated drivers should additionally take accountability.
A Kent County Council spokesman stated: ‘We work arduous to make sure our roads are as secure as doable and making comparisons between, as an illustration the Metropolis of London with a sq. mile of street to Kent, with 1,400 sq. miles of street, will not be a good comparability.
‘That stated, we completely recognize too many individuals are concerned in crashes on Kent’s roads and one crash is just too many.
‘We research collision information and make modifications to roads the place it’s discovered engineering could make a distinction to the security of street customers.
‘We additionally work with our colleagues within the emergency providers to cut back unlawful driving behaviour similar to dashing, drink driving, cell phone use, and never carrying seatbelts.
‘There’s solely a lot, nevertheless, Kent County Council can do.
‘The security of our roads is the accountability of all street customers – analysis exhibits that the overwhelming majority of crashes are brought on by poor driving or different human components.
‘We due to this fact have a wide-reaching schooling and promotional plan to assist everybody – from younger pedestrians to older drivers – make higher choices on our roads.
‘We are able to all assist cut back the variety of crashes by being extra affected person, being extra alert to different street customers and sharing our roads safely.
‘It’s critical that all of us recognise the best way we drive, trip or stroll performs an enormous half in avoiding turning into a casualty on our roads.’
Kent County Council has stated it really works with companions together with the police to cut back the variety of street deaths however that street customers should take accountability for their very own security on roads as properly
Final yr, the variety of individuals killed on UK’s roads in drink-drive crashes reached an eight yr excessive as the most recent Division for Transport figures confirmed there have been between 230 and 270 fatalities in accidents the place no less than one driver or rider was over the alcohol restrict in 2017
The Safer Essex Roads Partnership, which incorporates Essex County Council, stated that the county’s site visitors ranges have to be taken into consideration when analysing crash information.
The authority stated Essex is on monitor to see a 40% discount in deaths and critical accidents from 2010 to 2020.
Nicola Foster, Chairman of The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP), stated: ‘The determine of three,770 is for recorded killed or critical injured collisions (KSI).
‘The DfT additionally publish an adjusted determine to be used when making comparisons between totally different areas.
How the UK’s areas rank for street deaths and critical accidents between 2015 and 2019
South East – 22,343
London – 16,464
Japanese – 13,997
North West – 13,956
Yorkshire/Humberside – 13,052
West Midlands – 10,943
South West – 10,927
East Midlands – 9,944
North East – 4,795
‘This adjustment is made to take account of the truth that in 2016 round half of the Police forces in Nice Britain adopted a brand new recording system that reduces the variety of instances the place some critical casualties are erroneously recorded as slights.
‘Subsequently, Police forces which have adopted the brand new system will are likely to file extra KSI.
‘The adjusted determine for Essex is the 4th largest within the nation, behind Kent, Hampshire and Lancashire.
‘Nonetheless, through the 2015-2019 interval site visitors ranges in Essex had been the second highest within the nation, second solely to Hampshire.
‘When evaluating totally different areas, it is essential to take the scale of the areas into consideration.
‘An space with extra site visitors may have extra collisions as a result of there are extra alternatives for individuals to have them.
‘Adjusting for site visitors ranges through the use of the measure KSI per million car miles, places Essex at 138 out of 211 native authority areas.
‘Essex is on monitor to see a 40% discount in deaths and critical accidents from 2010 to the tip of 2020 however the reality stays that in 2020 one other 42 persons are more likely to die on Essex roads, and in 2021 one other 42 in order that by 2040, one other 840 Essex households may have handled such a loss.
‘The SERP sees each single one, and cares about each single one.
‘This has led us to query what variety of deaths is suitable to the individuals of Essex.
The one quantity we really feel is suitable is ZERO. This is the reason now we have launched #VisionZero.’
The SERP launched their Imaginative and prescient Zero marketing campaign earlier this month with the intention of reaching zero street deaths by 2040.
UK’s least harmful areas for street security
Clackmannanshire (Scotland) – 61
Merthyr Tydfil (Wales) – 71
East Dunbartonshire (Scotland) – 79
Torfaen (Wales) – 82
Blaenau Gwent (Wales) – 83
West Dunbartonshire (Scotland) – 119
Bracknell Forest (South East) – 131
Vale of Glamorgan (Wales) – 137
Hartlepool (North East) – 148
Isle of Anglesey (Wales) – 154
In London, which is made up of 33 native councils, there have been a complete of 16,464 deaths or critical accidents in between 2015 and 2019.
That is decrease than the South East area, which is made up of 19 native councils and noticed a complete of twenty-two,343 fatalities and critical accidents in the identical interval.
Essentially the most harmful space of London was recognized as Westminster the place there have been 1,099 fatalities or critical accidents whereas Lambeth ranked second with 829.
The most secure area in England as an entire is the North East which is made up of simply 9 native councils and noticed solely 4,495 casualties within the five-year span.
Consultants have stated because the climate worsens and regardless of their being fewer vehicles on the street, it is important drivers stay alert.
Florence Codjoe, automotive insurance coverage professional at Uswitch.com, stated: ‘With tens of hundreds of individuals killed or critically injured every year in site visitors accidents, street security is one thing drivers ought to at all times take note, wherever they’re.
‘And as climate situations worsen shifting into winter, drivers have to be much more acutely aware of their environment.
‘Rain and snow on the street can cut back your grip and improve stopping distances, whereas the darker days can affect your visibility whereas driving.
‘It is vital drivers stay conscious, even with fewer vehicles on the street than common.’
It comes because the Street Security Basis has revealed a landmark report into the security of Britain’s roads and has known as for motion to assist forestall fatalities on the nation’s street community.
The report, Trying Again – Transferring Ahead, says that the worth to society of stopping these 8,000 deaths and critical accidents over 20 years is forecast to be greater than £4 billion.
This consists of the price to the NHS, long-term care, fireplace, police, ambulance providers, and the courts.
Now in its twentieth yr, this annual report examines the efficiency of Britain’s motorway and ‘A’ street community, figuring out the roads the place lives may very well be saved with bodily enhancements.
This yr’s findings present that 60% of all deaths are targeting 13% of Britain’s roads.
The report additionally recognized ‘persistently larger danger routes’ and located that 1,400 deadly and critical crashes occurred on 38 of those roads between 2013 and 2018.
Researchers estimate the worth of stopping these crashes would have been nearly £700 million.
Suzy Charman, govt director of the Street Security Basis, has known as on the Authorities to speculate £1.2 billion to enhance 5,000km of Britain’s most harmful roads
Suzy Charman Government Director of the Street Security Basis stated: ‘This twentieth annual report exhibits that lower than 1% of roads had been considerably improved between 2013-2015 and 2016-2018.
‘This report identifies an funding bundle of £1.2 billion that will see over 5,000km of roads handled.
‘This may forestall an estimated 8,000 deadly and critical accidents over 20 years, with nice returns – each £1 invested ought to profit society by a median of round £3.60.
‘We have already demonstrated that infrastructure security measures might be developed and applied in a short time, offering jobs and saving lives.
‘At a time when we have to enhance our financial restoration and shield the NHS what higher approach of saving our society an estimated £4.4 billion over the following 20 years.
‘Let’s transfer ahead and save lives by enhancing these roads.’
A few of the persistently larger danger routes recognized by the report embody the A252 and the A274 in Kent which have seen 20 and 46 fatalities or critical accidents between 2013 and 2018 respectively.
In the meantime, the A272 in Hampshire has seen a complete of 59 fatalities or critical accidents in the identical interval whereas the A361 in Devon has been the situation of 47 deaths or critical accidents.
Within the north, the A645 in Wakefield was recognized as one of many nation’s most persistently harmful together with the A6135 in Barnsley and the A682 in Lancashire.
|Street||Location||Native Authority||Quantity fatalities or critical accidents between 2013 and 2018|
|A496||Between the A470 in Blaenau Ffestiniog and the A487 close to Maentwrog||Gwynedd||14|
|A682||Between the A65 close to Lengthy Preston and Barnoldswick Street, Higherford||70% Lancashire*
30% North Yorkshire
|A6135||Between the A629 north of Ecclesfield and the A6195 north of Tankersley||75% Barnsley
|A252||Between the A20 in Charing and the A28 in Chilham||Kent||20|
|A272||Between the A3 close to Petersfield and the A30 north-west of Winchester||Hampshire||59|
|A645||Between the A638 south-east of Wakefield and the A639 close to Pontefract||Wakefield||24|
|A285||Between the A27 close to Chichester and the A272 in Petworth||West Sussex||29|
|A683||Between the A6 in Lancaster and the A65 close to Kirkby Lonsdale||Lancashire||36|
|A361||Between the A377 south of Barnstaple and the A399 in Ilfracombe||Devon||47|
|A274||Between the A229 south of Maidstone and the A262 in Biddenden||Kent||46|
The report means that bodily enhancements to those roads, similar to improved signage or street markings, may make them safer and due to this fact save society cash in the long run.
Researchers famous that regardless of the recession from 2008 to 2010 resulting in a considerable street dying discount within the UK, it has flatlined since.
Commenting on the stagnation, Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for street security charity Brake, stated: ‘On common, 5 persons are killed on our roads each day, each one a tragedy, and each one may have been prevented if the Authorities had the braveness to make the large choices to result in change on our roads.
‘We want 20mph default velocity limits on cities and cities, zero tolerance limits for drink-driving and, most of all, a coherent and holistic strategy to managing security on our roads, with targets to eradicate dying and critical harm for good.
‘Nobody would settle for the extent of dying and critical harm we see on the roads in every other type of transport – in rail, aviation and maritime, devoted businesses examine crashes and provide you with options to cease them taking place once more, why can we not have this for roads?
‘Until we take the security of street customers critically, and deal with street crime, similar to dashing, like actual crime, we are going to proceed to see lives being ruined throughout the nation, each day, by preventable street crashes.’