UK road deaths dropped in 2012
Posted by Richard Sinclair
The latest figures from the government have revealed that the number of people killed or seriously injured on Great Britain's roads fell by one per cent in 2012, when compared to the statistics from 2011, which indicated a two per cent rise.
It was revealed that 1,754 people were killed on Britain's roads over the 12 months of the year, eight per cent lower than 2011, while 23,039 people suffered serious injuries last year.
Road safety charity Brake has welcomed the news, but underlined the fact that each and every injury on the road is preventable and creates "unimaginable pain and trauma".
The charity urged the government to reduce the deaths and serious injuries on the UK's highways to zero.
Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, the road safety charity, said that crashes are "violent, sudden events that tear apart families and whole communities".
She explained that these incidents are preventable through education, engineering and enforcement.
The charity also noted that the number of cyclists killed on the roads is a serious concern, as the figures showed 118 people were killed and 3,222 people seriously injured in 2012, which is a ten per cent rise in deaths and a four per cent increase in life-changing accidents.
There was also a seven per cent rise in pedestrians deaths and a two per cent increase in serious injuries, which Brake claims is a serious concern, as it is the most vulnerable road users being affected most by road dangers.
Due to these alarming figures, the charity is urging the government to protect people who cycle or move from place to place on foot, as they are clearly not being helped at the moment.
As part of its GO 20 campaign, Brake is encouraging Whitehall to implement 20 mph speed limits in built up areas around schools, homes and shops, which it believes will make them safer places for vulnerable road users.