Road deaths increase in 2011

JonathanJune 28, 2012

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Safety is always an important issue for drivers, but new figures have shown that Britain’s roads are becoming more dangerous.

According to the latest statistics from Department for Transport, the number of road deaths in the UK has increased for the first time in almost decade.

In 2011, the number of people killed on the roads was recorded to be 1,901 – up from 1,850 the year before.

Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), said this was disturbing news for everyone.

He stated: “We are concerned that this may be the end of the downwards trend in people being killed on our roads because this is the first time that annual road deaths have risen since 2003 and follows three years where deaths reduced by several hundred per year.”

He added that RoSPA believes budget cuts to road safety at the local authority level, as well as a reduction in police spending could be partly responsible for the rise.

“The government and the road safety profession need to urgently get together to understand why road deaths have now started to rise,” he explained.

As well as the rise in the total number of deaths, the amount of child fatalities which occur on Britain’s roads also shot up last year.

The figure grew nine per cent during 2011, as 60 children lost their lives in road accidents.

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