Why Aren’t Road Safety Figures Improving?

Fri 31st Jul 2020

The UK Government is launching an urgent review into road safety after the latest Department for Transport figures on road deaths showed no major signs of decreasing.

While the DfT data shows that road casualties are at their lowest level since 1979, with just 153,315, the number of deaths has stagnated year-on-year for the past decade - a worrying sign when technology within vehicles is supposedly making cars safer to drive.

The 1,748 deaths on Britain’s roads in 2019 was only 34 cases lower than the 1,782 fatalities in 2018, and while traffic volumes have risen, and though the figures are statistically lower than many other major countries, road safety campaigners believe much more should be done.

Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake said: “For nearly a decade now, we have seen an appalling stagnation in the number of deaths on our roads and it’s high-time for the government to take responsibility and act. We need to rid our roads of dangerous drink and drug driving, introduce safe speeds in our towns, cities and rural areas and reinvigorate roads policing, which has been decimated by funding cuts. The Government must commit to a Vision Zero approach and the ambition to eliminate the scourge of death and serious injury from our roads for good.

“The Government’s ambition to get more people cycling and walking is a noble one, but this will only be realised if we have safe roads that people can be confident to travel on. With 76 people being killed or seriously injured on the roads every day, 28 of which are people cycling or walking, we are a long long way from achieving this goal.”