Posted: Monday 20th April 2015
The North East Regional Road Safety Resource has published the annual report providing provisional overview figures analysis of road user casualties in the North East in 2014. The format for this report is similar to that used for the Resource’s annual ‘Regional Main Results’ report, and contains some brief comparisons between the North East’s performance in reducing road user casualties between the 2005 – 2009 baseline average, 2013 and 2014.
In addition to the North East overview, there is also included a one page breakdown of the provisional casualty statistics for each local authority, police force, North East Combined Authority, Tees Valley and Tyne and Wear detailing the casualty figures for the 2005-09 baseline average, yearly data from 2010 to 2014, and comparing the baseline and 2013 to 2014’s figures.
In brief summary, the North East has seen more casualties in 2014 than in 2013 (but still fewer than in the 2005-09 baseline average). In addition, KSI casualties (those killed or seriously injured) also increased, but the number of people killed reduced significantly compared to both 2013 and the baseline average. In addition, child casualties (aged 0 to 15) have increased, but both child KSIs and fatalities fell. The main road user groups highlighted as being potential areas for concern at a regional level this year were the increases in total and KSI car occupant and pedal cyclist casualties. There was also an increase in bus occupant casualties, and even if we were to exclude the large bus crash in County Durham in June 2014 (where there were 87 injuries, most of which were children) there would still have been an increase in bus occupant casualty numbers. However there have been some good decreases seen for motorcyclist injuries and pedestrians.
This report uses provisional data (although this data is now unlikely to change very much), and we will publish the finalised annual ‘Main Results’ report shortly after the Department for Transport publish theirs in June.
The report is available for download through the Reports – Regional Overviews section of the Resource’s website, or by clicking here.