Rolling 3 year average for the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) on Shropshire roads.
The number of people Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) on the roads in Shropshire is calculated by using a rolling 3-year average. At the end of 2008 there was an annual average of 162 people killed or seriously injured on the roads of Shropshire. Since 2012 the annual average over three years had stabilised to around 125. A new approach to the determining the severity of casualties was introduced in December 2015. Improved and consistent determination of severity has seen an increase in the numbers of casualties reported as seriously injured, despite the number of accidents remaining at similar levels. As at the March the rolling three-year average has now stabilised and shows a provisional result of 169.3. It is expected that the casualty rate will now continue to stabilse and then show a slight decrease following the completion of the the 3 year cycle of the new methodology.
It should be noted that this data reflects casualties, not accidents. The number of casualties can be influenced by the number of vehicle occupants which is unrelated to the highway network.
The rate of KSI per 100,000 population in Shropshire is higher than the national average, however this is usual in rural areas. Rates of KSI by population are particularly affected by accidents involving motor cycles. Although motorcyclists and moped users only account for around 3% of all road traffic, they account for 9% of vehicles involved in accidents and around 33% of all casualties who are killed or seriously injured. The Safer Roads Partnership works with local partners and motorcycling groups to try and reduce the number of motorcyclists killed and injured in collisions.