Accidents on Peterborough’s roads ‘cost £33.4 million’ in 2014 despite falling casualties

Police at the scene of a collision between a silver car and an articulated lorry on Fletton Parkway near Serpentine Green ENGEMN00120130801111236
Police at the scene of a collision between a silver car and an articulated lorry on Fletton Parkway near Serpentine Green ENGEMN00120130801111236
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Accidents on Peterborough’s roads cost £33.4 million in 2014 based on Department for Transport estimates.

The large figure comes despite the number of casualties from road accidents in the city falling last year.

In 2010, there were 998 casualties of which six were fatal.

In 2014, there were 676 casualties of which four were fatal.

The number of casualties on Peterborough’s roads has fallen every year since 2010, despite there being eight deaths in 2013.

Nonetheless, Peterborough is still in the bottom quarter for local authorities when it comes to road casualties.

The Department for Transport (DfT) costs for road accidents ranges from £1,953,783 for a fatal road accident to £23,544 where a slight injury is suffered.

In addition, the cost per casualty ranges from £1,742,988 for a fatal accident to £15,099 for one where a slight injury is suffered.

Details of the road casualties and associated costs were revealed in a report to Peterborough City Council’s Strong and Supportive Communities Scrutiny Committee, but there is no information on how the DfT’s accident costs are worked out.

The report states: “Road traffic collisions can have a devastating impact not only for the people directly involved, but

also for their families, friends and wider community.

“On average, every day during 2014 in the UK almost five people were killed and a further 60 seriously injured in reported road traffic accidents.”

The report adds: “Around 95 per cent of all road traffic collisions involve human behaviour as a contributory factor.

“To reduce the number of accidents on Peterborough roads there is a need to influence attitudes and change the behaviour of road users on our network, through education, publicity, training and enforcement.”

According to the report, during 2014 23 per cent of all people killed or seriously injured on Peterborough’s roads were aged between 16 and 25 years.

And over the last three years 24 children aged 15 years and under have been seriously injured on Peterborough’s roads and 169 slightly injured.

Also between 2012-14, 23 per cent of people killed or seriously injured on Peterborough’s roads were motorcyclists, 15 per cent were cyclists and 23 per cent were pedestrians.

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The report in full