Safety Charity: “Dismay” At Rise In Road Casualties
Reported Road Casualties In United Kingdom
Brake, a leading road safety charity, has expressed its “dismay” that the number of people killed and injured on the road has risen.
The Government's provisional figures suggest that in the year ending September 2014, 24,630 people were killed or seriously injured in the United Kingdom. This represented a rise of 4% compared to the previous year, up from 23,439. Of the 24,630, there were 1,730 fatalities which represented a rise of 1% (from 1,711).
Furthermore, there were 192,910 reported casualties of all types – which included minor injuries – which was a 5% rise from 184,087.
Road Casualties By Type
The number of people killed or seriously injured by road “user type” rose across the board in the 12 months to September 2014:
- Cars - up 3% to 8,770
- Pedestrians – up 1% to 5,540
- Peddle cyclists – up 8% to 3,500
- Motorcyclists – up 6% to 5,490.
The Department for Transport argued that: “Part of the reason for these increases over the rolling years is the unusually low number of casualties in the first quarter of 2013”. Furthermore, the volume of traffic in the year ending September 2014 rose by 2%.
Road Safety Charity Calls For Action
Despite this, Brake has called on political parties to make “3, key general election manifesto commitments to get casualties falling”:
- “Change the default urban speed limit to 20mph to protect people on foot and bike, and allow everyone to walk and cycle without fear.”
- “Introduce graduated driver licensing to allow new drivers to build skills and experience gradually, while exposed to less danger.”
- “Introduce a zero-tolerance drink drive limit of 20mg per 100ml of blood, to stamp out the menace of drink driving once and for all”.
Brake Deputy Chief Executive, Julie Townsend, said: “These casualty increases are the tragic result of a failure of ambition. They come on the back of three years of flat-lining road death and serious injury figures, during which the government congratulated itself on having 'some of the safest roads in the world' rather than making forward thinking decisions and setting targets to secure further reductions”.
She added: “We need a commitment to a long-term vision of nobody being killed or seriously injured on our roads, rather than settling for the status quo. Every road casualty causes appalling suffering and every one can be prevented - but only if we make the right moves.”