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Road casualties: Comparing police data (STATS19) with other sources of information

This report looks at information collected in the Crime Survey for England and Wales in order to estimate how many adults aged 16 and over and resident in Wales were either involved in, or injured in, road traffic accidents.

It compares these figures with the official figures for the number of road traffic casualties reported by the police in Wales through the Stats19 road accidents and casualties reporting system and discusses the meaning and implications of these results.

The report also compares hospital admissions resulting from road traffic accidents with the ‘seriously injured’ casualties recorded by the Stats19 data. This shows that Stats19 data are lower than hospital admissions for serious road traffic casualties arising from single vehicle accidents. Other differences are that the hospital admissions figures show a higher proportion of child pedal cyclists and a higher proportion of elderly car occupants as being admitted to hospital as compared with seriously injured casualties from the Stats19.

Finally, the report compares the Stats19 figures on road traffic fatalities with the official mortality data. The two series are of similar magnitude, even though they do not match in any individual year. There is no tendency for either series to be systematically lower or higher than the other and they both, broadly, fell during the 2000’s.

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Tel: 029 2082 5062
E-mail: stats.transport@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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