Britain’s Roads Are Safest In Europe, But More Needs To Be Done

Thu 25th Jul 2019

Road safety campaigners are calling on the Government to make changes to policy in the wake of a minimal reduction casualties in the last year.

There were 1,782 people killed on the roads in the UK in 2018 according to Department for Transport figures released this week, a fall of just 1% year-on-year compared to 2017 figures.
Britain’s roads saw a significant drop in casualties from 2004 to 2010, but in the years since the numbers have flatlined leading to the AA calling for more to be done to make the country’s roads safer.

Jack Cousens, Head of Road Policy at the AA said: “It is disappointing to see that the flat-line in road accident fatalities continues with the number of road deaths virtually unchanged since 2012.

“One death on our roads is one too many and reducing the number of road-accident fatalities must surely be one of the new Transport Secretary's top priorities.

“When the Government had clear and challenging road safety targets there were significant improvements in road safety, but since their removal in 2010 progress stopped. 

'These should be reinstated as Britain sets out to have the safest roads in the world.”

Despite the concerns, the UK is now officially the safest place to drive in the UK with only 28 deaths per million inhabitants, putting them ahead of Denmark, Ireland and Sweden at the top of the road safety league. A study by the World Health Organisation found that Russia is the most dangerous place to drive in Europe, with 180 deaths per million and almost a quarter of those fatalities caused by alcohol.