MORE people are being killed or seriously injured in road accidents in Reading, despite a drop in road casualties.

Department for Transport data shows two people were killed and 54 people seriously injured on Reading's roads in 2017.

In one of those accidents a child was taken to hospital.

The overall figure for people killed and seriously injured has increased from 45, the yearly average from 2010 to 2014, to 56 last year.

The number of road casualties in Reading, which includes minor injuries, decreasing by 18 per cent over that time, to 370.

The number of people killed or seriously injured in accidents increased by 12 per cent over the time period.

Reading’s casualty rate is greater than the South East's average, but it is lower than the national casualty rate.

The road safety charity Brake called on the Government to lower speed limits.