The Department for Transport has published the provisional estimate of road casualties for the year ending September 2017. The full report can be found in the below link.

The provisional figures indicate a total of 27,010 people were killed or seriously injured in the year ending September 2017.  There were 174,510 casualities of all severities which is a reduction of 5% on the previous year. 

1,720 people were reported to have been killed on our roads compared to 1,800 to the previous year. 

The report identifies the type of casualty in terms of pedestrian, cyclist, car user or child.  Whilst there was a broad reduction across the board the number of pedestrian casualties increased.

What was of particular note was that the report identified that the figures at this stage can only be regarded as provisional due to each police force having a different method to categorise and record road traffic collisions.  I found this to be surprising on the basis that surely there are many advantages to every force adopting a unified method of reporting.  The report does go on to explain that forces are beginning to work toward a uniform method of reporting but there still seems to be two different methods preferred. I wonder with the increased use of Artificial Intelligence within the work place, for example roads policing officers using tablets, if we will quickly move toward a single method of reporting figures that will offer more opportunities to identify trends and assist with the allocation of policing resources.

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