As we think of our families and friends and travel to see them, please remember those who’ve suffered road injury or bereavement. 20’s Plenty for Us December 2012 briefing is on casualty maps
Slower speeds prevent road crashes and damage. Free casualty maps are online. Look up your road and request 20 mph.
Road casualty is the UK’s most preventable cause of 5-35 year old deaths. Prof Dorling describes it as the “greatest avoidable public health epidemic”. See where crashes happen:
· http://www.20splentyforuk.org.uk/uk_casualty_maps.htm – gender and age of fatalities from 2000-2010, plus the spread of serious and slight injuries.
· http://www.crashmap.co.uk pin points 2005-2011 casualties. Specify by year, severity, or child, motorcycle rider, pedal cyclist or pedestrian.
· http://www.cyclestreets.net/collisions/ draw around an area and download a spreadsheet of cycle casualties and victim details from 2005-2010.
Seeing a map of crashes will certainly affect Councillor’s perceptions. They set local road speeds.
1,901 fatalities, 23,122 seriously injured and 203,950 all severities were recorded in 2011. Actual road injury numbers are higher.
Police STATS19 understate injury severity. The police lack medical training to differentiate slight versus serious blows. The majority of slight injuries go unreported. The DfT say the true toll for all casualties is 3.5 times recorded incidents – 700,000+ road injured p.a. This is fromcomparing police and hospital data with the National Travel Survey’s collision involvement question. Add 4-5 million non-injury crashes p.a for a UK collision total.
Relative danger is affected by travel choice. If walker or cyclist injuries are rare it may not be a particularly ‘safe’ area – just that not many people walk or cycle and vice versa. Actual danger is proportional to the speed and volume of traffic.
A proven, cost-effective solution to road danger is slower speeds. You can then stop in time or face less impact force. 20 mph limits work, particularly if community wide, covering entire routes to school or shops. Unclustered casualties are as numerous as clustered. They need a wide area tool as they are hard to predict. No humps are needed.
Look up road casualties nearby. Help Councillors understand the need for wide 20 mph limits to prevent road crashes.
The full briefing with references is at http://www.20splentyforus.org.uk/BriefingSheets/Casualty_maps.pdf
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