News from Brake
Thursday 25 July 2019
Britain’s road safety record continues to stagnate as the number of people killed and seriously injured on Britain’s roads shows little change from previous years, according to Government statistics published today.
The latest Department for Transport figures
show that 1,782 number of people were killed on the roads in 2018, a 1% decrease from the 1,793 people killed in 2017. The number of people seriously injured on the roads in 2018, however, increased by 3%, from 24,831 in 2017 to 25,484 in 2018.
Commenting, Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said:
“Once again, we are talking about a stagnation in Britain’s road safety record, a situation which must change. Whilst the Government’s new road safety action plan set out last week is a step in the right direction, there is always more that can be done to end the unacceptable number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads. We are calling for a clear commitment by Government to a Vision Zero approach, striving to eliminate road death and serious injury, with clear targets set out to achieving this goal. We would never accept such carnage in rail or aviation so why should we on the road?”
How you can help
If you are concerned by the continued stagnation in Britain's road safety record and want to make a difference read our manifesto here which sets out what we think must be done by Government and write to your local MP, whose details can be found by entering your postcode here, asking them to call on the Government to adopt a Vision Zero approach with clear casualty reduction targets.