Road deaths up!

New figures have revealed that the number of deaths on our roads rose by seven percent in 2021. The provisional figures have been revealed in a recent Department of Transport report.

They also show that:

• There was an estimated 1,560 reported road deaths in 2021, a reduction of 12% from the 2017 to 2019 average
• There was an estimated 27,300 killed or seriously injured casualties in 2021, a reduction of 13% from the 2017 to 2019 average
• There was an estimated 127,967 casualties of all severities in 2021, a reduction of 21% from the 2017 to 2019 average
• There were increases in casualties of all severities in 2021 compared with 2020, though pedal cyclists showed a reduction in fatalities (20%)

The report says that the road casualty stats have been impacted by the national Covid restrictions implemented from March 2020. That means the figures above are probably lower than they could have been, because there was less traffic on the roads.

Despite that the numbers are frightening. 1560 roads deaths in one year. That’s 1560 families and friends devastated.

According to the Road Safety charity Brake, 1.35 million people die on the world’s roads every year – the eighth highest cause of death for people of all ages, and the number one killer of those aged between five and 29. More frightening statistics that are difficult to compute.

And we don’t mean to scare you but we don’t want you or your staff to become a road casualty statistic either.

That’s why we do what we do.

Our training courses are designed to keep you and your staff as safe as is humanely possible when driving on the roads. Find out all about our training courses here:

And don’t forget more than a quarter of all road safety incidents are work-related so having a good driver risk management programme in place is really important, I can help you with this too, check out my website for details on how I can help you.

If you are interested, here is a LINK to the full accident stats report.