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Calls for Action Following Rise in Road Casualties

The most recent road casualty figures from the Department for Transport have revealed a rise in the number of people killed or seriously injured, which has prompted road safety charity Brake to call for more preventative action by Government.

According to the figures, 25,160 people were killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads in the year ending September 2016, which is a 6% increase on the previous year.

Casualties have apparently increased for all road users during this period, with car occupant casualties increasing by 10% and motorcyclist casualties by 5%. The number of children (aged 0-15) killed or seriously injured on our roads has risen by 8%.

Brake has also expressed its concern over provisional estimates suggesting that there has been a “statistically significant” increase in the numbers killed and seriously injured in a crash where alcohol was a factor. It says that more resources must be made available to police forces to enable them to effectively clamp-down on the problem of drink driving.

"The figures are heading in the wrong direction,” commented Gary Rae, campaigns director for Brake. “Five people die every day on UK roads. That is a tragedy that is seemingly being ignored by Government. We’re calling for the reintroduction of ambitious road casualty targets, increased investment in infrastructure, and vehicle development to ensure our roads are safe and our vehicles secure. We also need more resources available to the police to enforce the law.”

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