Rise in road deaths in 2011
By: Dave Robbins
05 July 2012
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Last year’s mild winter is being attributed for the surprise increase in road accident deaths in 2011. It’s the first increase in 17 years. Figures released by the Government show that there were 51 more deaths and 462 more serious injuries compared to 2010. Total casualties were 1,901, a 2% increase. The Department for Transport (DfT) has suggested that the increase may be due to a lack of snow and ice, keeping vehicles off the road. The previous two winters had both been harsh.
Meanwhile, road safety organisation, Brake, has called on the government to give far greater priority to preventing road deaths and making communities safer. Amongst a number of measures, Brake is urging the government to reinstate national casualty reduction targets and take action on priority areas to bring road casualties down.