Road Traffic Collisions

Although there has been a reduction in deaths between 1998 and 2010 all the Cambridgeshire districts with the exception of Cambridge City have significantly worse rates of road deaths than England as a whole.

The greatest number of road traffic casualties occurs in the working age population with 17 to 25 year olds having the highest casualty rate per head of population.

The evidence for prevention is strongest for area-wide traffic calming measures such as speed bumps and safety cameras.

Drug driving is an emerging issue, which presents a number of challenges such as the wide range of illicit and prescription substances which can impair safe driving in a variety of ways.

Ability to access transport, particularly in rural areas, can affect access to health services, and may also affect people’s ability to access their social networks, which are important to maintaining mental and physical health.  Nearly one in five of Cambridgeshire’s population do not have access to a car or van .  This goes down to less than one in ten for children living in households with no access to a car or van but up to four in ten pensioners.  The full JSNA contains links to detailed maps that demonstrate the patterns and inequalities for transport and access that are present in Cambridgeshire.

Casualties by Age

Age group

Numer of casualties in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough 2010

ONS 2009 population estimates (Cambs and Peterborough)

Casualty rate per thousand population

Casualty rate per thousand population Great Britain 2009

0-4

40

48,400

0.8

0.8

5-10

78

52,400

1.5

1.8

11-16

207

54,900

3.8

3.5

17-25

923

98,200

9.4

8.0

26-64

1,891

404,100

4.7

3.8

65+

233

120,200

1.9

1.7

Unknown

63

-

-

-

Total

3,435

778,200

4.4

 

Source: 2010 Joint Road Casualty Data Report for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.