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These Statistics Should Be a Wake-Up Call

By: Phil Rabbitt Added: 12/11/2014 11:53 Last Edit: 09/03/2015 06:48 By: Phil Rabbitt

Below is data gathered from various official sources. The results are a real eye-opener!

Most statistics are based on accidents reported to the police. They provide detailed statistics about the circumstances of personal injury road accidents, including the types of vehicles involved and the consequent casualties.

Other sources directly related to road safety are also used, including hospital admissions, death registrations, coroner’s reports, national travel survey, crime survey from England and Wales and statistics on breath tests and motoring offences from the Home Office and Ministry of Justice.

  • Did you know, four times the amount of people are killed on the roads than by all the natural disasters in the world for the same period?
  • In the UK, it would take all cyclists (whether riding illegally or not) 100 years to kill the same amount of third parties as people killed by a driver where the use of a mobile phone was attributed to the cause. A similar ratio can be found in drink-driving.
  • Did you know, every day in the UK, an average of 5.6 people are killed by motorised traffic. That's more than double the amount of third parties killed by ALL cyclists for the entire year?
  • Around 80% of adult cyclist KSIs are not the fault of the cyclist.
  • Less than 10% of adult cyclist KSIs are the result of head injuries, whereas more than 40% of KSIs of car occupants are the direct result of head injuries.
  • The death toll as a direct result of pollution from cars is estimated to be around 14,000 people per year in the UK alone.
  • In 2012, the average distance travelled was 6,691 miles which is 49% higher than in 1972/73, but 4% lower than in 1995/97. Average trip length was 7 miles
  • If the average car journey is just 7 miles, with many being less than 2, many journeys are easily accomplished by foot or bicycle which would eliminate the carcinogens emitted from exhausts for the same journey.
  • For every person killed on the pavement by a cyclist, 64 pavement pedestrians are killed by motorised vehicles.
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