Figures just released have revealed a reduction in road traffic accidents in Wales, and a reduction in compensation claims as a result.
In fact, the number of road users injured on the roads of South Wales is at the lowest since records began, some 42 years ago. The number of people who became casualties in 2009 was down 28% on figures obtained during the 1990s.
Road safety activists have welcomed the figures, saying that multiple attempts at improving road safety are clearly working.
The figures for North Wales are similarly encouraging. The number of casualties in Wrexham and Flintshire has reduced dramatically in just a one year period. There were 1120 accidents which resulted in casualties on the roads in 2008, and just 1002 casualties in 2009.
Across the whole of Wales there was a reduction of 8% in personal injury causing accidents. Unfortunately, the accidents resulted in 10,354 people being injured, although this is a reduction of 7% from 2008. Tragically, 125 people were killed on the roads of Wales in 2009, 17 fewer than in 2008.
The Deputy First Minister, Ieuan Wyn Jones welcomed the figures, citing the £30 million pounds given to local authorities to improve road safety as the reason for the significant reduction.