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Dorset Council road casualty statistics

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 2019, 2020 and the 2005/09 average.

Casualty figures
MonthKilled or Seriously InjuredAll Casualties
Year 2005/09 2019 2020 2005/09 2019 2020
January 19 16 13 128 82 73
February 16 8 13 117 60 68
March 18 10 6 128 74 44
April 21 20 - 121 92 -
May 20 13  - 136 77  -
June 22 14  - 139 66 -
July 22 16 - 142 90 -
August 24 16 - 152 89 -
September 23 14 - 140 76 -
October 26 26 - 147 76 -
November 20 15 - 151 50 -
December 18 23 - 128 78 -
Total 249 191 32 1629 910 185
Monthly Average 21 16 11 136 76 62

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 Casualty Reduction Plan.

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