Road Casualty Annual Report
2019 Suffolk Road Casualty summary
- The total number of injuries continues to mirror the national trend of flatlining, which has been acknowledged by DfT in several documents, including the Road Safety Statement published last year.
- There has been a year on year increase in fatalities of 45% and serious injuries of 30%, with an overall decrease of less than 2%.
- 2019 figures are the highest for the past ten years for Killed and Seriously Injured (KSI)~
- It was acknowledged that the positive gains made in the 50% reduction in fatalities in 2018 was likely to be an anomaly and this appears to be correct.
- 449 people aged 15 to 24 / 23% of total
- 283 older road users / 15% of total
- 68% of injuries from car occupants
- Cyclists & Motorcycles 9% each, Pedestrians 8%
- A third of injuries impact vulnerable road users
- Highest number of fatal and serious injuries in the past 5 years
- Overall trend is flat
- Large number of secondary aged casualties & a second peak in mid aged people
- Across all age ranges predominantly male casualties 77% (female 23%)
- Most occurring in urban built up areas, street lighting & 30mph limits in place.
- Identifies that best value will be in providing improved infrastructure where people are accessing key services and aligns with other priorities such as the climate emergency & public health concerns
- Trend remains flat although 2019 reduction on previous 3 years, serious injuries have an upward trend, but numbers are small
- Nearly all occur in urban built up areas across the county, the towns and market towns
- Children of secondary age and under 25s, as with cyclists have a peak that then flattens over subsequent ages
- Most injuries happen in Ipswich and Waveney areas – where most deprived wards are – there is a correlation across a number of social demographic factors
- Downward trend continues
- Young riders still being injured, very few ‘born again bikers’ especially in the post retirement age ranges, large engine bikes over 500cc spread across all ages unlike historical data
- Ipswich, Suffolk Coastal & Waveney still have the highest numbers
- Summer peak continues as a long-term trend.
For more information, download the Suffolk Road Casualty Report 2019 PDF, (1.8MB).