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Good News On Road Deaths But More Work Needed - June 30th 2005


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    The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents welcomed today's news that deaths and serious injuries on Britain's roads had reduced by eight per cent and called for more action to keep the figures falling.

    RoSPA said the statistics proved that much-criticised measures such as speed cameras and traffic calming actually worked - but said much more could still be done to make roads safer, particularly by targeting drink driving.

    Kevin Clinton, RoSPA Head of Road Safety said: "Every death is one too many and we must not be complacent in the fight to keep bringing the number of accidents down.

    "We believe the Road Safety Bill currently before Parliament is an opportunity to bring even more improvements.

    "We hope the Government will take the initiative and widen the scope of the Bill so that the drink drive limit is reduced, random breath testing is introduced and proposals to reduce the minimum number of penalty points for speeding are rejected."

    The figures show the number of people killed in road accidents fell, by eight per cent from 3,508 in 2003 to 3,221 in 2004. 34,351 people were killed or seriously injured in 2004, eight per cent fewer than in 2003. There were 280,840 road casualties in Great Britain in 2004, three per cent less than in 2003.

    Particularly pleasing was the fall in the number of motorcycle deaths - down 16 per cent to 585. Motorcycle casualties overall were down 10 per cent. "This shows it is possible to reduce casualties even when far more people are taking up motorcycling," Kevin Clinton said.

    "The one disappointment was that pedal cycle deaths rose by 18 per cent to 134, although total casualties were down by two per cent. This runs against the long-term trend and will need to be watched closely.

    "Enormous efforts have been put in by the Government, local authorities, police camera partnerships and organisations such as RoSPA to save lives.

    "Despite the criticism, speed cameras and traffic calming are extremely effective and we hope people will look at these figures and realise the benefits."