Brake is calling on the government to take action following the publication of figures which show that the number of people killed and seriously injured on Britain’s roads has increased for the first time in 17 years.
Department for Transport statistics show that road deaths increased by three per cent in 2011, while there were 462 more people who suffered severe harm in road collisions.
These figures buck the recent trend. Since 2004, road deaths have fallen every year and in 2010 dropped by a huge 17 per cent.
Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive, said: “It is unacceptable and shameful that after years of progress in road safety and consistent casualty reductions, we are now seeing an increase in people dying and being maimed on our roads.
“These violent deaths and injuries cause unimaginable suffering, they are a costly drain on health and emergency services, and yet they are preventable.”
She added that the government needs to quickly resolve the road safety problems and ensure that deaths continue to fall from now on by addressing some of the major issues in motoring safety.
Brake wants authorities to implement more 20 mph speed limits, lower the drink drive level and use a scheme of graduated driving licenses, to help inexperienced motorists be safer on the roads.
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