Somerset Road Safety's aim is to reduce collisions and casualties on the roads of Somerset, creating safer communities and improving the quality of life for residents and visitors alike.
Each year, the team produce a Somerset Road Casualty Review, using injury collision data from Avon and Somerset Police. The latest report, covering casualties and collisions in 2017 was published in late-2018 and is available to download below:
The 2017 Road Casualty Review identified the following areas of concern, for which more detailed analysis would be undertaken:
- Consistently over the five years, 2013 to 2017, collision and casualty numbers have remained highest on ‘A’ class roads across the county.
- Car users continue to represent the greatest proportion of both collisions and casualties in comparison to other road users and there has been a fluctuating, but overall increase, in the number of KSI (Killed or Seriously Injured) car user casualties in Somerset; total car user casualty numbers however, have undergone an overall downward trend.
- Pedal cyclist casualties, along with serious and overall KSI casualties have inconsistently fluctuated year on year since 2013, showing a general decrease in overall casualties; however while there has been a downward trend in KSI casualties until 2016, the 2017 figures have undergone a sharp increase.
- Despite an overall fall in the number of casualties in the 16-24 years age group, they are still over represented in the KSI figures compared to other age groups.
- A slight increase in serious casualties between 2016 and 2017 by 4%, but overall decrease of 14% since 2013.
- Increase in KSI in the 60+ age group, with the figure of 57 in 2017 being 10 (21%) higher than the target.
Trends in Overall Road Casualties and Collisions in Somerset
Trends in KSI (Killed or Seriously Injured) Road Casualties and Collisions in Somerset
- In 2017 there were 1,464 recorded casualties resulting from collisions on the roads of Somerset: 22 of these were fatal, 164 were serious and 1278 were slight severity casualties.
- Overall, killed and seriously injured (KSI) collisions and casualty numbers have shown a downward trend in the last five years; slight severity injuries have fluctuated in contrast but demonstrate an overall decline.
- There were 7 motorcyclist fatalities on Somerset’s roads in 2017, 4 (57%) more than in 2016; motorcyclist fatal collisions constitute 32% of all fatal collisions from 2017.
- Only 4% of all fatalities in 2017 (1 out of 22), occurred on the M5 or A303 trunk roads throughout Somerset, as opposed to 12% (3 out of 25) in 2016; collisions on trunk roads are reportable by local highway authorities, but Highways England is responsible for any collision reduction work.
- Over the five-year period, 48% of all collisions were on ‘A’ class roads (including trunk roads) whilst 36% derived from collisions on unclassified roads.
- In 2017, 50% (10) of all fatal collisions occurred on ‘A’ class roads, compared to 61% (14) in 2016
- 1,000 collisions resulting in personal injuries on Somerset roads were recorded in 2017: 20 of these were of fatal severity, 134 were serious and 846 were slight.
- As above, the annual number of fatal collisions rose to a high of 32 in 2014, before falling to the lowest recorded number of 20 in 2017.
- The number of serious collisions has declined or remained static, demonstrating a fall of over 21% compared to 2013.
- The number of pedestrian collisions has steadily decreased from the highest figure of 163 in 2013, to its lowest of 142 in 2017.
- In 2013 and 2014, there were 163 and 165 motorcycle collisions respectively, this figure greatly fell by 56 incidents in 2015 and remains steady at 111 in 2017; over this five-year period, the number of motorcycles licenced in Somerset has seen an annual growth of 4.2%.
- Consistently over the five years, collision and casualty numbers have remained highest on all Somerset A roads, accounting for 54% of KSI casualties in 2017; car users represent the greatest proportion of road user types involved in these collisions, with a quarter of those occurring at a T junction.
- In 2017, 49% of collisions on A roads occurred where there is a speed limit of 40 mph, or below.
- 51% of collisions on A roads were recorded where the speed limit was greater than 40 mph in 2017; these collisions account for 68% of KSI casualties on A roads and 38% of all KSI casualties.
Child Casualties (aged 0-15)
Pedestrians: The number of children injured as pedestrians fell by 15% since 2016. KSI casualties remained static between 2013 and 2017 despite a slight increase between 2015 and 2016.
Pedal cyclists: Child pedal cyclist casualties fluctuated, but ultimately declined by 30% between 2013 and 2017 and between 2016 and 2017. KSI casualties fluctuated between one and three over the five years, but observed a 67% decline since 2013.
Car passengers: Child car passenger casualty figures have fluctuated between 2013 and 2017; there was an 8% overall increase during this period but an 11% decrease since 2016. KSI casualties were static between 2013 and 2017 with one casualty; this rose to a high of seven in 2015; 2014 and 2016 both had three casualties.
Casualties amongst Young People (aged 16-24)
- Between 2013 and 2017, there were significant changes to the composition of the 16 to 24 road user groups with regards to KSI casualties: pedal cyclist figures have gone from comprising 8% to 0%; motorcyclists from 32% to 11% and car users 51% to 82%.
- All casualty figures in each user type were significantly lower than in 2013, with 16 to 24 year old motorcyclist casualties seeing the largest drop from 23 to 4 (82%) and pedestrians, the smallest drop by 2 casualties (40%).
- Between 2013 and 2017, 20% (26) of all Somerset fatalities were between 16 and 24 years old; there were 130 fatalities in total over this period; in 2017 there were 22 total fatalities with only 14% (3) between the ages of 16 and 24.
- Between 2013 and 2017 there was a 67% decrease in 16 to 24 fatalities, but the figures have remained static since 2016.
- In 2017, like 2016, all of the fatal casualties in the 16 to 24 years age group were in cars, as opposed to 2013 where the majority were on motorcycles.
Casualties amongst Older People (aged 60 or over)
- In 2017, there were 293 casualties in the 60 year old or over age group (57 of which were KSI) this has declined by 4% since 2016 and 3% since 2013; during the same period however, there was a 39% increase in KSI casualties, from 41 in 2013 to 57 in 2017.
- Pedestrian casualties were at their highest in 2013 (47) and their lowest in both 2015 and 2017 (32); compared to 2017, there was a 32% decline since 2013 and an 11% decline since 2016; pedestrians also comprise 11% of total 2017 casualties in this age group.
- There has been no change between 2013 and 2017 in pedal cyclist casualty figures (15), nor between 2016 and 2017 (15), despite the slight dip in 2014 and 2015; pedal cyclists make up 5% of total casualties within this age group in 2017.
- In 2017, motorcyclists comprised 5% of all casualties 60 or over; since 2013, figures have increased by 3; the lowest figure was in 2015 (8), highest in 2017 (16).
- Car user casualties within this age bracket inclined by 3% since 2013, declined by 6% since 2016 and make up 76% of total 2017 casualties.
Somerset Road Safety Team Activities
In 2017 over 23,000 members of the public benefitted from road safety training or advice delivered by Somerset Road Safety, including:
- 1,611 Year 8 students attended a Ghost Street presentation.
- 1,013 Year 10 students attended a Too Soon To Die presentation.
- 4,583 Year 12 students attended a Contract 4 Life presentation.
- 2,164 Year 6 children passed a Bikeability course.
- 1,181 senior drivers attended a Route 60+ workshop.
- 3,310 motorcyclists received training or advice.
- Over 5,500 children received a Truck and Child Safety (TACS) presentation.