Road safety organisations have expressed disappointment at the latest road traffic casualty figures published by the Department of Transport, which show that deaths and serious injuries on UK roads increased by 4% in the year ending September 2014, with deaths up by 1%.
In response to the figures, road safety charity Brake has called on all political parties to commit to three vital road safety policies, especially to protect pedestrians, cyclists, children and young people.
In total, 1,730 people were killed and 22,630 seriously injured on UK roads in the year ending September 2014, up from 1,711 deaths and 21,728 serious injuries in the previous year. Casualties of all severities are also up by 5%, from 184,087 to 192,910.
Casualties are up for all types of road user, with child and cyclist casualties of particular concern:
Brake is calling on all political parties to make three, key general election manifesto commitments to get casualties falling again and enable everyone to get around safely, sustainably and actively:
“We need a commitment to a long-term vision of nobody being killed or seriously injured on our roads, rather than settling for the status quo,” commented Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake. “Every road casualty causes appalling suffering, and every one can be prevented, but only if we make the right moves.”
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