Reported Road Casualties Great Britain: 2013 Annual Report

  • Published: Department for Transport, September 2014
  • Authors: Department for Transport
  • Date Added: 31 Dec 2014
  • Last Update: 31 Dec 2014
  • Format: pdf


Presents detailed statistics regarding the circumstances of personal injury road accidents, including the types of vehicles involved, the resulting casualties, and factors which may contribute to the accidents.


Most statistics in the report are based on information about accidents reported to the police. Coroners and Procurators Fiscal provide data on alcohol levels of road user fatalities.

Key Findings:

  • In 2013, a total of 1,713 people were killed and 21,657 seriously injured on Britain’s roads.

  • In 2012, there were 6,630 reported drink drive accidents, of which 210 were fatal accidents.

  • In 2012, the number of people estimated to have been killed in drink drive accidents was 230 (13 per cent of all road accident fatalities), whilst the total number of reported casualties is estimated to be 9,930 (5 per cent of all road casualties).

  • In 2012, approximately a fifth of drivers killed in reported accidents were over the limit. This has decreased from around a third in the 1980s. About 6% of motorcycle riders killed were over the limit.

  • Sixteen per cent of motorcycle riders killed had over 9mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, whilst 6 per cent had over 80mg/100ml. One per cent of riders killed had over 200mg/100ml.

  • Compared to 2011, data for 2012 shows:

    • A 1 per cent decrease in all drink drive accidents (from 6,690 to 6,630), and a 5 per cent decrease in fatal accidents (from 220 to 210).

    • A 5 per cent decrease in the number of fatal casualties (from 240 to 230), and a 5 per cent decrease in the number of KSI casualties (from 1,510 to 1,430). The 2012 KSI figure of 1,500 was the lowest recorded since the statistic series began, less than a sixth of the 1979 figure (9,940).

  • The number of killed and seriously injured (KSI) drink drive casualties declined gradually between 2002 and 2010, rose slightly in 2011 (possibly related to the adverse weather conditions - heavy snow falls in the first and last quarters of 2010 but not in 2011), but declined again in 2012.

  • In 2012, young car drivers (aged 20-24) had more drink drive accidents per 100 thousand licence holders and per billion miles driven than any other age group. However, the number of young drivers (17-24 years old) killed or seriously injured when over the alcohol limit fell from 301 in 2006 to 180 in 2012.


National statistics.