More must be done to tackle death and injury on Britain’s roads, after new figures suggest that the decline in fatalities over the past decade is now beginning to stagnate.
Safety charity RoSPA is calling on the Government to implement a comprehensive road safety strategy, which it believes will help to build on the huge strides made on the UK’s roads since 2006.
Statistics released today (Thursday, 30 June) by the Department for Transport show that 1,732 people died on British roads in 2015, down by two per cent from 1,775 in the previous years. There was also a fall in the number of people seriously injured, by three per cent to 22,137.
Although fatalities are down by 45 per cent from 2006, and the figure is the second lowest on record, there has been no significant change since 2011.
Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at RoSPA, said: “We are pleased to see that fatalities and injuries have dropped since 2014, but the longer-term trend seems to be showing stagnation, so they are not falling steadily as they were before 2011.
“This means that we need to do more to get back on a long-term downward trend – these accidents don’t have to happen.”