IAM RoadSmart disappointed in increase in road deaths – and drivers must take responsibility

Posted on 28/09/17 |
IAM RoadSmart has expressed its disappointment in yet another year of negligible overall progress in the numbers of people killed and seriously injured on the roads in the UK – and suggests drivers must take their share of the blame. 

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.

This morning (28 September) the Department of Transport announced that there were 1,792 reported road deaths in 2016, an increase of four per cent on 2015 – this is the highest total since 2011 (reference 1).

There were 24,101 people seriously injured in reported road traffic accidents in 2016. There were a total of 181,384 casualties of all severities in 2016, around three per cent lower than 2015 and the lowest level on record.

Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, said: “Road safety in the UK seems to be bumping along the floor with yet another year without improvement in key fatal and serious injury statistics.

“With six years without progress 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.  Accelerating the uptake of AEB (autonomous emergency braking) equipped cars and promoting best practice in driving for work are just two examples where quick gains could be made.”


Notes to editors:

Reference 1: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/648081/rrcgb2016-01.pdf

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