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New data released by the Isle of Man Police shows a continuing fall in road traffic collisions in the Isle of Man, from 818 in 2018, to 738 in 2019, and to 577 in 2020. This is amongst the first widely publicised data showing the apparent impact of the lockdown on road traffic collisions in 2020.

The RTC data shows a significant fall in collisions during the 2020 Coronavirus lockdown, from March to June 2020. In the non-lockdown months of January, February, and July to December, the total number of RTCs recorded by IOM Police in 2020 was 468, almost the same number as the 464 RTCs recorded in the same months in 2019.

Perhaps surprisingly, the number of RTCs that were recorded in August 2020 was 59, marginally above the August 2019 number of 54, despite no Manx Grand Prix/Classic TT taking place in August 2020.

The number of RTCs recorded by Police fell significantly from 2018 to 2019. This data is affected by both the number of RTCs that take place, and also the number that are actually reported to, and subsequent recorded, by Police. It is possible (although unlikely) that people might change how often they report RTCs to Police over time.

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