Motorway suicides

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Dear Highways Agency,
I am interested in what kind of data and statistics the HA hold for the increasing number of suicides and attempted suisides on our UK motorways and what kind of general intelligence is held by the HA on this subject.

Yours faithfully,

Steve Higgins

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Wilson-Ellis, Kathrine,

Hi Steve

 

I have received a copy of your enquiry in relation to what information the
HA holds regarding suicides/attempt suicides on the network.

 

The Highways Agency record details of those incidents on the strategic
road network that we have been made aware of including all incidents that
Highways Agency Traffic Officers attend.  Incident details recorded will
include what the incident was and other factors such as the type of
vehicle involved. If, based on the available information at the scene, an
incident appears to relate to a suicide/attempt suicide, this will be
recorded as such. For example, if an individual is observed on the wrong
side of the railings on an over bridge.

 

The police also record details of suicides/attempt suicides, which is
known as Stats 19 however , whilst this data is more robust as it is
evidence based, it only includes those incidents that resulted in a Police
investigation.

 

Many Thanks

 

Kathy

 

 

Kathrine Wilson-Ellis, Traffic Management Directorate
Highways Agency | Piccadilly Gate | Store Street | Manchester | M1 2WD
Tel: +44 (0) 161 9305529 | Mobile: + 44 (0) 7795 450631
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Dear Wilson-Ellis, Kathrine,

Many thanks for your reply Kathy.
Can you furnish me with suicide incident statistics for the years 2011, 2012, and 2013.

How many incidents were recorded, did Traffic Officers attend, were the motorways closed and how many resulted in death?

have the HA commisioned any studies into this issue and if so what results were furnished?

Yours sincerely,

Steve Higgins

Wilson-Ellis, Kathrine,

Good Morning,

I have retrieved the stats as requested from the HA Incident Management System (Command and Control) for the period 1st Jan 2011 - 31st Dec 2013 (Inc.) - nationally. The stats relate to any incident where the code relating to suicide/attempt suicide has been recorded.

In 2011, 117 suicide/attempt suicide incidents recorded
In 2012, 87 suicide/attempt suicide incidents recorded
In 2013, 652 suicide/attempt suicide incidents recorded

In 2011, The HA Traffic Officer Service attended 82 of 117 suicide/attempt suicide incidents
In 2012, The HA Traffic Officer Service attended 64 of 87 suicide/attempt suicide incidents
In 2013, The HA Traffic Officer Service attended 293 of 652 suicide/attempt suicide incidents

In 2011, 45 of 117 suicide/attempt suicide incidents recorded resulted in a full or total closure
In 2012, 43 of 87 suicide/attempt suicide incidents recorded resulted in a full or total closure
In 2013, 94 of 652 suicide/attempt suicide incidents recorded resulted in a full or total closure

Please note:

- Only those incidents that the HA have an awareness or involvement in are recorded
- In April 2013, the code used to record suicide/attempt suicide incidents changed as part of a review, this resulted in the code being used with greater accuracy. This change is believed to be the main reason for the large increase in these incidents in 2013 when compared to previous years.
- The HA do not record details of injuries sustained and are therefore unable to provide stats in relation to the number of fatalities as a result of these incidents.
- A full closure is when all lanes in one direction of a carriageway are closed, a total closure is when all lanes in both directions of a carriageway are closed.

Your request regarding details of studies into this issue and their findings has been forwarded to a different department who will contact you with this information

Many thanks

Kathy

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Brassey, Steven,

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Dear Mr Higgins,

 

Please see our response attached, plus details of the studies into this
issue. As these are large files I am sending in two batches.

 

I hope this provides you with the information you require.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Steve Brassey

 

 

Steven Brassey, senior business coordinator
Highways Agency | The Cube | 199 Wharfside Street | Birmingham | B1 1RN
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Dear Mr Higgins,

 

Please see our response attached, plus details of the studies into this
issue.

 

As this report, which I have attempted to send a number of times
previously, was rejected by your server due to its size, I have split it
into three.  That means you will need to save all files into one location,
where you should be able to open the full report.

 

 

I hope this provides you with the information you require.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Steve Brassey

 

 

Steven Brassey, senior business coordinator
Highways Agency | The Cube | 199 Wharfside Street | Birmingham | B1 1RN
Web: [1]http://www.highways.gov.uk

Safe roads, reliable journeys, informed travellers
Highways Agency, an executive agency of the Department for Transport.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Higgins,

 

Please see our response attached, plus details of the studies into this
issue.

 

As this report, which I have attempted to send a number of times
previously, was rejected by your server due to its size, I have split it
into three.  That means you will need to save all files into one location,
where you should be able to open the full report.

 

 

I hope this provides you with the information you require.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Steve Brassey

 

 

Steven Brassey, senior business coordinator
Highways Agency | The Cube | 199 Wharfside Street | Birmingham | B1 1RN
Web: [1]http://www.highways.gov.uk

Safe roads, reliable journeys, informed travellers
Highways Agency, an executive agency of the Department for Transport.

 

 

 

 

 

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