The UK's largest independent road safety charity, the IAM, has warned that the proposed cuts in safety initiative spending will cost lives and money.
The UK's largest independent road safety charity, the IAM, has warned that the proposed cuts in safety initiative spending will cost lives and money. The IAM reports that each fatal accident costs the UK economy £1.79 million pounds in health care and lost output. On that basis, saving lives both boosts the economy and reduces the number of families experiencing significant personal loss.IAM Director of Policy and Research Neil Greig said: 'Cutting budgets for road safety is a short-sighted economy. Meeting casualty reduction targets has halved road deaths over the past 20 years, saving the economy around £50 billion'. The United Kingdom is now number one in the world road safety league, improving from sixth in 2007 and fourth in 2008. The number of people killed or seriously injured on Britain's roads is now below 2,000 per-annum. The IAM, which has over 100,000 members and is best known for its advanced driving courses, believes that achieving further improvements by 2020 would save 2,500 lives and over £4 billion pounds.