National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Roads Policing, Chief Constable Anthony Bangham said:
“The Department of Transport believes that the rise in deaths or serious injuries on our roads is due to natural variation and changes to police recording systems rather than an actual rise. But we are not complacent – we want safer roads and fewer deaths and injuries. Every day police officers across the country are using all available intelligence to enforce the law on the roads and target the most dangerous driver behaviours.
“Police are now using a new recording system, which provides more consistent and accurate data on serious injuries on the roads. The CRASH recording system reduces the potential for personal interpretation by providing a common means of identifying levels of injuries. It will help us to work with partners, including the Department for Transport, to further analyse the causes of collisions and more effectively target prevention and enforcement activity.”