A free web mapping service which shows details of road collisions and casualties across Britain now includes data for 2015 which was only released a month ago by DfT.
Developed by Buchanan Computing – a specialist supplier of software, training and web mapping for traffic professionals –CollisionMap.uk can be used without the need for registration.
Buchanan Computing says that while collision data is made available to the public by the Government, it is presented in a format that is ‘difficult to visually interpret’. In contrast, it says that CollisionMap.uk ‘provides everyone the ability to have free access to this important dataset in an understandable format’.
Whether it be the whole of Great Britain or an individual street, users can locate their chosen area and view data which goes back to 2011.
The map, which is colour coded, includes filters by date range and severity classification. Details available include type of collision, how many vehicles were involved and the number of casualties.
Published on 30 June, the new DfT figures show that 1,732 people were killed in reported road traffic accidents in Great Britain in 2015 – the second lowest number on record after 2013.
Although the 2015 figure represents a decrease of 43 fatalities (or 2.4%) from 2014, the DfT says this can be attributed to ‘natural variation’.
The DfT says in statistical terms the number of fatalities has remained unchanged since 2011. However, there were 45% fewer fatalities in 2015 than a decade earlier in 2006 and 4% fewer than the 2010-14 average.