Encouraging news from the UK government has revealed another drop in the number of people killed in accidents on the road. 2,538 people lost their lives on UK roads in 2008, which is the lowest figure since records began back in 1926. The 14% reduction comes on the back of less impressive news from the European Road Assessment Programme about road safety on the country’s A-roads which featured in yesterday’s blog post.
With a 7% overall fall in the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads, the government has met its target to reduce the number of these types of accidents by 40% compared with the mid-90’s average. As Transport Secretary Lord Adonis pointed out when the figures were released, “Every death on the roads is a terrible tragedy, but these figures show that every day last year one less person died on the roads than in 2007…”
Cutting down on the number of fatal road accidents
The minister also pointed out that there was still a long way to go with regards to fatal road traffic accidents, saying; “While this news is encouraging, seven people are still dying on the roads every day and we will continue to do everything we can to prevent these tragedies.”
Another reaction to the figures came from motoring organisation the AA. Their head of road safety, Andrew Howard, said: “Even taking into account the almost 1% drop in traffic due to high fuel prices and recession, these figures are an excellent step in the right direction. If this trend continues the UK will soon restore its position as one of the safest countries in the world.”
Whilst these figures are definitely a step in the right direction, there are still areas for improvement, such as the safety of children, with the number of children killed in road accidents in the past year rising by 3 to 124.