Brake, the road safety charity is calling on drivers to pledge to ‘Go 20’ in a bid to improve safety for children and all road users as part of its activity during Global Safety Week.

Global Road Safety Week takes place this week with the focus of this year’s campaign on saving children’s lives through improved road safety across the world.

Just before the general election, Brake is also calling on political parties to commit to a 20mph default urban speed limit following research which shows four in five parents who live in 20mph areas support a default change to the speed limit.

According to Brake, the total number of road deaths and serious injuries in the UK increased by 4% in the year ending September 2014.

Sharon Fleming, a road accident solicitor based in Thompsons Solicitors’ Oxford office, said: “More than 2,000 people lost their lives on UK roads last year.

“Government can play a major role in both improving road infrastructure and encouraging road safety, something that the government of the last five years has patently failed to do.

“Charities such as Brake have always taken every opportunity to campaign for improving standards of road safety here in the UK, which is both welcome and necessary.

“It is imperative that the next government introduces appropriate legislation and invests in infrastructure to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on UK roads.”