ONE in five patients admitted to trauma centres last year were involved in road traffic collisions, a charity has revealed.

Brake, based in West Yorkshire, has released the figures to coincide with the start of Road Safety Week.

It states that in 2016, 11,486 road users – the equivalent of 31 a day – were admitted to trauma centres in England and Wales with life-threatening injuries.

The number across Yorkshire and the Humber was 1,215, equating to a 21 per cent proportion of all trauma admissions.

The charity states that speeding was a factor in almost a quarter of fatal crashes last year, and is running its Speed Down Save Lives campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of driving too fast.

Jason Wakeford, of Brake, said: “Speeding is a factor in many deadly crashes and remains a major problem.”