More work is needed to turn round figures

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The latest Department for Transport road casualty statistics released this month show a decrease in casualties for vulnerable road users.

But although there has been in a fall in vulnerable road user casualties when April-June 2011 is compared to April-June 2012, there has been a significant rise over the year.

The number of cyclists killed or seriously injured rose 9 per cent from 2,950 in 2010/11 to 3,210 in 2011/12. This is 27 per cent more than the average between 2005 and 2009.

The number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured rose 5 per cent from 5,207 in 2010/11 to 5,450 in 2011/12.

The number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured rose 5 per cent from 5,701 in 2010/11 to 5,970 in 2011/12.

IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) director of policy and research Neil Greig said: “In the six months before these results, there were increases in the numbers killed and seriously injured.

“This drop has not made up for that. We need to do much more to turn this quarter’s figures into a trend.

“Upgrading roads, targeted safety campaigns and measures to improve road user awareness among new drivers are needed too.

“The drop in road casualties is really good news but the Department for Transport admits that it is likely to be linked to this year’s wet weather. we shouldn’t rely on a few months of dodgy weather to get cyclists and motorcyclists’ casualties down.”

The IAM is the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety.