Road deaths and serious casualties in the UK continue to fall according to the latest Government figures.

The Department of Transport released the figures for the year ending September 2013 which revealed that 1,730 people were killed, a 2% drop from 1,761 last year.

The number of killed or seriously injured casualties fell to 23,380, a 6% decrease compared with the previous year

Overall there were 184,010 reported road casualties of all severities, 7% fewer than the 197,700 for the year ending September 2012.

The total reported child casualties of all severities fell by 11% to 15,730 for the year ending September 2013 compared with the previous year, with those killed or seriously injured down 15% to 1,990.

The fall comes as motor vehicle traffic levels rose by 1.1% compared with the 12 month period ending September 2012. In comparison, the casualty rate per billion vehicle miles decreased by 7% for the same period, between July and September 2013.

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