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Regular news: Issue 581 7 Oct 2011

Recession and severe winters help explain road deaths drop, says DfT

Road Safety

The recession and two heavy winters may have contributed to the sharp fall in fatalities on Britain’s roads last year, according to the DfT.

Figures for 2010 show that 1,850 people were killed on Britain’s roads – a drop of 17% in a single year. Car occupant, pedestrian and motorcycle fatalities all fell but pedal cyclist fatalities rose, from 104 to 111.

The DfT suggests a number of possible factors to explain the sharp drop in fatalities of recent years, on top of long-term...

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