Charity urges government to update current road safety strategy08 July 2016
The declining number of deaths and injuries on British roads has slowed since 2011
Safety charity RoSPA is urging the government to review its current road safety strategy following a stagnation in the fall of road deaths and injuries numbers in the UK.
Department for Transport (DfT) statistics revealed that 1,732 people died on the road in 2015, a two percent drop on the previous year. The number of people who suffered serious injuries in road accidents fell by only three percent to 22,137.
Since 2011 what was a decrease in the number of road deaths has seen no significant change, prompting calls by RoSPA for a more comprehensive government road strategy to tackle death and injury on Britain’s roads.
The charity’s proposed strategy focuses on introducing preventative measures, such as implementing a graduate driver’s licence to reduce young driver accidents, reducing the drink-drive limit to match that of Europe and ensuring an adequate number of police officers to enforce road safety laws.
In May 2016, a reduced presence of road traffic officers in the North East sparked concern from a number of MPs about safety on British roads.
Samantha Hemsley, national head of the serious injury team at Thompsons Solicitors, said: “While it is positive to see a fall in the number of road traffic accidents in the UK, the fact that the fall has stagnated is a worry.
“Government cuts to road safety measures are having an impact on the safety of the British public and they need to get a grip. We don’t want to be in a position where we see the number of road accidents start to increase again.
“The RoSPA road safety strategy is welcome but it is the responsibility of the government to take action and prioritise road safety to ensure the number of road traffic accidents continues to fall.”
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