UK making "slow progress" on road safety - new report

News from Brake
20 June 2017
news@brake.org.uk

The UK is one of the EU countries making the "slowest progress" towards targets to reduce road deaths, according to a new report from the European Transport Safety Council[1].

Commenting on today's report, Jason Wakeford, spokesman for Brake, the road safety charity, said: "Reductions in the numbers killed on UK roads have stagnated in recent years. Road deaths fell by just 1.4% between 2010 and 2016 - way short of the EU target. All other EU countries, with the exception of Lithuania, Malta and Sweden, have made better progress and urgent action is needed.

"It's a disgrace that there are currently no UK targets for reducing the number of road deaths and we are calling for a UK target to be set as a priority for the Government.

"We need the creation of a Road Collision Investigation Branch, to help better understand road crashes so that lessons can be learned to prevent future deaths, alongside extra police resource for traffic enforcement.

"Brake is also calling on the European Commission to introduce new vehicle safety standards, including mandating Intelligent Speed Adaptation - helping drivers stay within speed limits." 

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[1] The EU has set a target to reduce road deaths by 50% between 2010-2020

ETSC Report: Ranking EU Progress on Road Safety - 11th 11th Road Safety Performance Index Report (http://etsc.eu/wp-content/uploads/PIN_ANNUAL_REPORT_2017-final.pdf

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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