There is a long term downward trend for road traffic casualties within the Dorset Council area but this appears to be levelling off. This trend is similar nationally and for the south-west region.

Casualties are categorised by severity:

  • fatal - death as a direct result of collision within 30 days
  • serious - includes over night detention in hospital (paralysis, fractures, major lacerations)
  • slight - includes whiplash, sprains or minor lacerations

Casualty figures

The table below shows the number of road traffic casualties on roads within the Dorset Council area by month for 2020, 2021 and the 2005/09 average.

Casualty figures
Month Killed or seriously injured All casualties
Year 2005/09 2020 2021 2005/09 2020 2021
January 19 15 11 128 90 39
February 16 14 2 117 83 27
March 18 9 6 128 58 35
April 21 8 13 121 23 70
May 20 12 25 136 46 87
June 22 15 9 139 69 45
July 22 16 - 142 78 -
August 24 22 - 152 87 -
September 23 18 - 140 58 -
October 26 9 - 147 76 -
November 20 14 - 151 45 -
December 18 20 - 128 65 -
Total 249 172 66 1629 778 303
Monthly Average 21 14 11 136 65 51

Average figures in the table above are rounded to the nearest whole number and therefore may not equal the total.

Due to the validation process validated casualty data is typically two to three months behind.

Data for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council is not included.

Collisions occurring on the trunk road network, which is managed by the Highways Agency, are included in these figures. Trunk road network within the Dorset Council area is the A35 from Bere Regis to the border with Devon County Council, the A31 from Bere Regis to the border with Hampshire and the A303 from the border with Somerset County Council to the border with Wiltshire Council.

Casualty tables and charts

If you are concerned about a particular road in your area we suggest you contact your Parish/Town Council

Future casualty reduction targets

As part of the Local Transport Plan 3 - Road Safety Strategy 2011-2026 the areas formerly known as Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and the Borough of Poole agreed to set 10 and 15 year casualty reduction targets to 2020 and 2025. The targets, based against the 2005/9 KSI baseline average, are:

  • 40% reduction in the number of KSI casualties by 2020

The 2020 KSI target is 149.

Road Safety Plan

View the Dorset Council Road Safety Plan.

Collision Reduction Team

Email: datacrte@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01305 221767
Full contact details

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