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Latest Road Safety Statistics

Posted in General News on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

The Department for Transport (DfT) has released the latest statistics relating to the number of causalities resulting from incidents taking place on British roads and the lack of progress being made is concerning. The new figures show that there were a total of 1,784 road deaths in 2018 compared to 1,793 in 2017, this represents a 1% reduction. In addition to this the statistics indicate that there has been an increase in the number of roads deaths among older motorists. According to figures the amount of people aged 60 or above who were killed in reported road accidents increased from 559 in 2017 to 588 in 2018, this equates to a rise of 5%. The number of motorcyclist fatalities also increased, rising from 349 in 2017 to 354 in 2018. Richard Leonard, Head of Road Safety at Highways England, commented: “Improving road safety needs safe roads, safe vehicles and safe drivers. Safety is our top priority and we’re working hard to improve England’s motorway and A roads and we need your help. We all have a role to play to make sure we all get home, safe and well and we’re asking all drivers to make their own safety, and that of other people, the most important thing to think about when they travel. Remember to check your vehicle, obey all signs and think about other drivers.”

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Edward W. Wilkinson

Monday, October, 7th, 2019

As a retired engineer who worked for the Devon County Surveyor, among others, I have been well placed to understand that successive governments have, as the current government does, failed to provide sufficient finance for the maintenance of our highways, and abjectly fails to improve the Nation's highways to accept the numbers of vehicles which they licence to travel on our highways. Even at Primary School I was taught that 2 into 1 doesn't go!