Number of Car Fatalities in England and Wales has Fallen in Half a Century

Number of Car Fatalities in England and Wales has Fallen in Half a Century

In the past 50 years the number of people who have died in car accidents in England and Wales is down by 40%.
The number of fatalities is down even though the number of drivers has increased according to a paper in the Emergency Medicine Journal.
Annual figures revealed that men were more likely to die than women.
Safety experts have said that changes introduced over the years such as; seat belts speed cameras and drink driving laws have aided in keeping the number of car fatalities down.
Nearly 1.3 million people around the globe die in road incidents annually.
It is forecast (from current trends) that road accident may become the fifth leading cause of death by the year 2030.
As part of this study carried out at the University of Nottingham the team analysed data of road fatalities from the years 1960 to 2009 taken from the Office for National Statistics.
Over those years 102196 people died because of road traffic accidents.
In 1960 car crashes were the cause of 1647 deaths in 2009 the figure dropped by 41% to 964.
During that time UK car ownership had grown by 3% every year.
It was discovered that as well as men being more likely to die than women backgrounds also made a difference. People who had socially deprived backgrounds were more likely to die in a car crash than others who had a more affluent upbringing.
There was a 70% drop in child and infant deaths. It was recorded that 66 died in 1960 and 20 died in 2009.
Deaths in the over 75s increased from 68 to 109 researchers said that this was due to a rise in the number of people driving in that age group.
Read the original story here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24835192


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