UK Road Casualty Rise Prompts Call To Action
Safety charity calls for action following rise in road casualties.
Number Of People Killed And Injured On UK Roads Rises
The Government should act to reverse a new rise in the number of people killed and injured on the roads, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents claimed. In 2014, fatalities hit 1,775 which was 4% higher than the previous year. Serious injuries totalled 22,807 – a rise of 5% - and 169,895 people were slightly hurt. The latter was 6% higher than 2013. Casualties of all severities totalled 194,477 which was a 6% rise and the highest figure since 1997. Pedestrians aged 60+ predominantly accounted for the increase in fatalities, and peddle cyclists for the rise in serious injuries. “More needs to be done”, the safety charity said.
How To Reduce UK Road Casualties
The Society called for a “comprehensive road strategy to help prevent deaths and life changing injuries”. Its proposals include:
- “A reduction in the drink-drive limit in England and Wales to 50mg, to match Scotland and most of Europe.
- The introduction of a package of measures to reduce crashes involving young drivers, such as graduated driver licensing.
- Help for employers to reduce the risks their staff face and create when they drive or ride for work.
- Creation of a safe cycling environment - and improvement of driver and cyclist attitudes and behaviour towards each other - to reduce cyclist casualties and help people who want to cycle, but are deterred from doing so because they think it is not safe enough.
- Introducing safer vehicles into our fleet as quickly as possible as vehicle technology improves.
- Ensuring there are sufficient numbers of road police officers to properly enforce road safety laws.
- Adopting Single/Double British Summer Time.
- Maximising the road safety benefits of telematics and similar technologies for young drivers, businesses and commercial drivers.”
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said that “many of these (proposals) will directly help to make urban driving safer”. Fatalities on this type of road rose 9.1% from 2013 - 2014.
Road Casualties Will Not fall Without Action
Kevin Clinton, Head of Road Safety, said: “As our economy improves, we can expect traffic levels to continue to increase so we must do everything we can to make sure this does not lead to even more increases in road crashes and casualties.” Vehicle traffic levels rose by 2.4% from 2013 to 2014. Mr Clinton added: “The reductions in road death and injury in recent years will not automatically be sustained without a continued focus on road safety. We must remain focussed on making our roads safer for everyone, and especially for people travelling on foot and by 2 wheels.”