Con­cerns voiced at the amount of road deaths

Loughborough Echo - - MOTORS - DAVID GODSALL [email protected]­

IAM Road­S­mart has ex­pressed its dis­ap­point­ment in yet an­other year without progress in the num­bers of peo­ple killed and se­ri­ously in­jured on the roads in the UK.

IAM Road­S­mart, the UK’s big­gest in­de­pen­dent road safety char­ity, said that although cars are get­ting safer and there has been a step change in new road in­vest­ment, care­less hu­man be­hav­iour and in­creas­ing traf­fic lev­els are can­celling this out.

The Depart­ment of Trans­port has an­nounced that there was 1793 re­ported road deaths in 2017, an in­crease of 1 on 2016.

There were 24,831 peo­ple se­ri­ously in­jured in re­ported road traf­fic ac­ci­dents in 2017 and 170,993 ca­su­al­ties of all sever­i­ties.

Neil Greig, IAM Road­S­mart di­rec­tor of pol­icy and re­search, said: “Although the num­ber of ca­su­al­ties of all sever­i­ties in re­ported road traf­fic ac­ci­dents in 2017 is 6% lower than in 2016 and is the low­est level on record, the num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties has in­creased, al­beit by just one.

“We ap­pear to have reached a hard core of hu­man be­hav­iour re­lated crashes that re­quires much more fo­cus on driver train­ing and qual­ity if we are to make progress to­wards a long term vi­sion of zero deaths on our roads. Road safety in the UK seems to be bump­ing along the floor with yet an­other year without real im­prove­ment in key fa­tal in­jury statis­tics.

“With seven years without pro- gress it is clear that we have an in­creas­ingly com­plex pic­ture of good news, such as safer cars and in­vest­ment in new roads, be­ing can­celled out by more traf­fic and a hard core of hu­man be­hav­iour is­sues that are the most dif­fi­cult to tackle.

“Road safety is ev­ery­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity and it is clear that work­ing in part­ner­ship to pro­mote it is the key to re­turn­ing to long term down­ward trends. More in­cen­tives for post-test train­ing, con­sis­tent en­force­ment of new mo­tor­ing laws, ac­cel­er­at­ing the up­take of AEB (au­tonomous emer­gency brak­ing) equipped cars and pro­mot­ing best prac­tice in driv­ing for work are just a few ex­am­ples of the quick gains that could be achieved.”

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