Driving deaths down
By: Dave Robbins
15 July 2014
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We might be rubbish at football and not great at cricket or tennis. Nor can our champion cyclists stay upright. But there is one activity at which the UK is near the top of the table – safe driving. In fact it’s time for the driving community in general to give itself a collective pat on the back. Recently announced government figures show that deaths and serious injuries on Britain’s roads fell by 6% last year.
Apart from a small blip in 2011 this latest update continues a downward trend which started in 1994. The figures show that 1,713 people were killed in road traffic accidents in 2013. Of course that still means that five people die on British roads every day of the week.
The figures show that built-up roads are becoming safer whereas motorway deaths increased by 14%. The London Metropolitan area has the most dangerous roads; the safest county is Bedfordshire.
On an international scale, the UK comes out very well. In Europe there are only two safer places to drive – Switzerland and the island of Malta. Worldwide we’re handily placed in the bottom 25 countries for lowest road deaths per 100,000 people.
Commenting on the figures, Julie Townsend, Deputy Chief Executive of the road safety charity Brake said: “Road crashes are not only a senseless and preventable waste of life - they are also sudden and violent events that tear apart whole families and communities. That's why 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."