IAM RoadSmart criticises lack of road safety progress

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Published on 3 August 2020 by Mike Waters

The road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has sharply criticised the government for “yet another year of no real improvement” in the reduction of deaths and injuries on the nation’s roads.  

The charity called for the government to show “real leadership” on the issue, noting that “Provisional figures for 2019 in Reported road casualties in Great Britain: provisional results 2019 revealed there were 1,748 reported road deaths, compared to 1,784 in 2018. Although this is a welcome two per cent fall, it marks an eight-year period of no significant reduction in deaths on UK roads. It means that on average almost five people are still dying on UK roads every day.” 

Older road users were noted to be at particular risk, and the charity noted that fatalities for road users aged 60 or more rose from 588 in 2018 to 637 in 2019. 

Commenting, IAM RoadSmart’s Director of Policy and Research Neil Greig said: “These results are frankly embarrassing. We need the UK Government to show real leadership and push road safety up the political agenda if we are to see a return of year-on-year improvements.” 

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