Road casualty statistics 2013 – Released 26.06.2014
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reported-road-casualties-in-great-britain-main-results-2013The government have released the annual statistics for road casualties today (26.06.2014). Overall the figures show an improving picture.
1,713 people were killed in 2013, 2% fewer than in 2012
21,657 people suffered serious injuries, 6% fewer than in 2012.
There have also been reductions in pedestrian and cyclist casualties:
398 pedestrians were killed and 4,998 seriously injured, 10% less than 2012
109 cyclists killed and 3,143 seriously injured, 3% less than 2013.
However the figures are still staggeringly high, 5 people dying on Britain’s roads per day and 59 people being seriously injured.Brake, a national road safety charity, are urging the government to commit to three key pledges:
Change the default urban speed limit to 20mph to protect people on foot and bike, and allow everyone to walk and cycle without fear of death or injury.
Introduce graduated driver licensing, to allow new drivers to build skills and experience gradually while exposed to less danger.
Introduce a zero-tolerance drink drive limit of 20mg per 100ml of blood, to stamp out the menace of drink driving once and for all.
Julie Townsend, Deputy Chief Executive of Brake, said “Five deaths a day on our roads is still too many; one would be too many. Every road crash is preventable – our vision is zero.” http://www.brake.org.uk/news/1238-vision-zero-brake-welcomes-road-deaths-fall-but-urges-action-to-protect-most-vulnerable
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