Cheshire Police says 2020 was a very challenging year for road safety. 

While there was an overall reduction in fatalities – due to less traffic on the roads as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic – 28 people were still killed in road collisions in Cheshire.

Sadly five of these victims were aged between 17 and 25 years.

Meanwhile nationally, new statistics show that despite an expected fall in the number of road deaths, the overall fatality rate actually increased during the first half of 2020.

Published on 28 January, the DfT stats show, for the first time, the impact of Covid-19 on road casualties.

Looking specifically at the first half of 2020, an estimated 670 people were killed in reported road collisions – a decrease of 21% compared to the equivalent period in 2019 (838). 

There were larger reductions in serious and slightly injured casualties than fatalities, with total casualties 30% lower than the previous year.

However, with motor traffic levels decreasing by 30% compared to the equivalent period in 2019, the fatality rate per billion vehicle miles increased by 14% to 5.4.

A breakdown of casualties by age group will be provided in the 2020 annual provisional results, scheduled for publication in June 2021.

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