Is there really no political desire to reduce road deaths?
With this weekend being the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, attention rightly turns to the facts that almost 4,000 people are killed on roads around the world each day and not forgetting the many more hundreds of thousands that are also injured.
This equates to a vast number of families that are touched by road deaths and incidents, but as one of the biggest killers in the UK today, these families are being let down by the lack of action from the government to cut this number.
Cheryl Huckle, from the Michael Lewin Solicitors Road Incident team is appalled, “Despite road incidents being the leading cause of death for children and young adults in the UK today, not a lot seems to be planned to tackle it. Every life lost is preventable and some simple legislation and road safety strategies could make our roads much safer – a zero drink drive limit, reducing the speed limits in residential areas to 20mph or less, seriously cracking down on the use of mobile phones whilst driving, legislation to ensure that lorries are fitted with technology to ensure that drivers are fully aware of pedestrians and cyclists would be a huge step forward.”
Other schemes such as financial assistance for drivers wanting to take advanced driving courses, improved use of speed camera locations and making drivers take periodic retests could help reduce road collisions, incidents and deaths to a much lower level.
Cheryl concluded, “It’s ridiculous to think that many of these changes can be implemented at an incredibly low-cost, but the benefits to society for saving lives are immeasurable.”
It appears that there is the will to see change from road safety charities, communities and campaigners, but just not from the main political parties. We hope that by spreading the word about the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and the great work that the likes of RoadPeace do, will start to force government to look closely at protecting the young and the vulnerable on our roads.
More information about RoadPeace and World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims can be found at http://www.roadpeace.org