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Car crash deaths drop to record low

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Roads deaths have fallen to the lowest level since records began in 1928, according to new figures.

A total of 2,946 people were killed on Britain's roads in 2007, according to statistics from the Department for Transport. This is 7% down on the previous year's figure. There was a total of 247,780 casualties - 4% fewer than in 2006.

The provisional number of killed or seriously injured drink-drive casualties was 2,220, around a quarter of the amount in 1980 and 12% below the 2006 level.

Loss of control of a vehicle was a factor in a third of 2007's fatal road accidents. For all accidents, failing to look properly was a contributory factor in 35% of incidents.

The figures also showed that speed and behaviour were more likely to be factors in accidents involving younger male drivers. Vision and judgment was more likely to be a factor in accidents involving older motorists.

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