The number of people killed in road collisions in Ryedale and North Yorkshire fell last year to their lowest figures since modern county records began 23 years ago.
But latest figures up to the end of August this year show that fatalities were up compared with the same period last year.
Part of the reason for the lower figures could be attributed to the wet weather of 2012 - the second wettest year on record - which reduced the number of journeys taken by many travellers.
This year there were 31 fatalities up to the end of August compared with 21 in the same period last year - primarily among bikers who may have taken advantage of better weather conditions.
A report from North Yorkshire County Council’s David Bowe, corporate director for business and environmental services, to the Ryedale Area Committee, says the total number killed fell from 42 in 2011 to 31 in 2012 - a fall of 26 per cent but the number of people seriously injured increased from 412 in 2011 to 442 in 2012 - a rise of seven per cent although this was still lower than in any of the years prior to 2011.
In Ryedale last year 52 per cent of those killed or seriously injured were the driver or passenger in a car while 28 per cent were motorcycle drivers or pillion passengers. Last year some 48 per cent of collisions occurred on A-class roads and the number of collisions on such roads in Ryedale went up from 66 to 77 – a rise of 14 per cent.
Total reported child casualties (ages 0-15) rose from 172 in 2011 to 189 in 2012 - while the number of children killed or seriously injured also rose from 21 in 2011 to 28 in 2012 – a rise of 33 per cent. These are mainly children as pedestrians, most of whom step out to cross the road from the drivers nearside.
Mr Bowe says that although the number of fatalities in 2012 was the lowest ever seen in North Yorkshire there were moderate increases in the number of people seriously injured and the number of children injured.
“This is only one year so it is too soon to see whether this is the beginning of an upturn in casualty numbers or simply random variations that should be expected from year to year.”