The North West Region identified that they were likely (as a whole) to fail to achieve some of the government's casualty reduction targets for 2010. A database comprising casualty trend data for all NW local highway authorities was put together to compare recent performance with target trends and baseline figures.
Our study identified that, based on 2000-2005 KSI figures, the region as a whole was predicted to be 16% above target, whilst the UK as a whole would be 20% below target. Within this, motorcyclists, car occupants, cyclists, and 17-24 year olds were all predicted to fail to meet targets.
The study identified a number of specific collision trends, for example, in most motorcycle collisions at junctions the other driver was "at fault, whereas in single vehicle motorcycle collisions the motorcyclist was "at fault".
Regarding 16-24 year old pedestrian collisions, nearly one third occurred between 10pm and 4am at weekends, and two thirds took place in metropolitan areas. The study identified "failing" authorities and "successful" authorities, and noted performance change where failure had been turned into success.
The study covered aspects of engineering, enforcement, education, training and publicity, and effectively provided a regional "pilot" for some of the issues to be addressed within this project.