Road safety charity slams government complacency as road deaths up 3% since 2014

News from Brake

5 February 2016 
news@brake.org.uk

Brake, the road safety charity, is extremely disappointed that the latest estimated figures from the Department for Transport show that 1,780 people were killed on Britain’s roads in the year ending, September 2015.

This is after an increase of 1% in fatalities and an increase of 4% in deaths and serious injuries in the previous comparable year.

New figures also show an estimated 5,620 drink-drive crashes took place in Great Britain in 2014, that’s equivalent to just over 15 collisions every single day. These crashes resulted in 240 deaths and represent 14% of all deaths on the roads; there were 8,220 casualties.

Gary Rae, campaigns director for Brake, said: “Behind the statistics, families are ripped apart by what is a violent and sudden death. I want to know what the government intends to do to stop these wholly preventable deaths. It’s time for them to take action: reintroduce casualty reduction targets; reduce the drink drive limit to 20mg per 100ml of blood, and introduce much tougher penalties for criminal drivers.”

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About Brake

Brake is a national road safety charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. We do this through national campaignscommunity educationservices for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

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Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.