Carolyn Harris MP is supporting national Road Safety Week, 20-26 November, by calling on the people in Swansea East to ‘Speed Down and Save Lives.’
Road Safety Week, coordinated by the road safety charity Brake, is the UK’s leading event to promote safer road use. This year Road Safety Week focuses calls on all road users to “Speed Down” to help stop the five deaths that still happen every day on UK roads – and particularly to protect people cycling and walking.
After years of consistent progress by Labour governments in reducing deaths and serious injuries, sharp increases in recent years have alarmed road safety experts and campaigners. Latest government figures show that in 2016 there was a 4% increase in the numbers of people killed on our roads, the highest level since 2011, and an 8.5% increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured.
Carolyn Harris MP is calling on the Government to end complacency on road safety and restore targets to reduce deaths and serious injuries on the roads.
Carolyn Harris, Swansea East’s Labour MP, said:
“This Road Safety Week I am calling on people in Swansea East to Speed Down and Save Lives.
Worrying increases in deaths and serious injuries on our roads this year show why we cannot take safety for granted. Five people are still killed on Britain’s roads every day and each one is a tragedy.
This Road Safety Week it is time the Government ended their complacency on road safety and reversed their out of touch decision to axe targets to cut the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.”
Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Transport said:
“The latest road safety statistics are deeply concerning with the number of road deaths at a five year high and serious life changing injuries up by 8.5%.
Labour made significant progress on road safety but the Tories have scrapped road safety targets and allowed our roads to become more dangerous.
The underfunding of police forces has meant there are a third fewer dedicated traffic police than a decade ago, making enforcement less effective. Labour would reintroduce road safety targets as part of an ambitious strategy striving for zero deaths on our roads.”
Brake is an independent road safety charity. Brake exists to stop the five deaths and 63 serious injuries that happen on UK roads every day and to care for families bereaved and seriously injured in road crashes.
Road Safety Week
Road Safety Week is the UK’s flagship event to promote safer road use, coordinated annually by the charity Brake and involving thousands of schools, communities and organisations across the country.
Road Safety Week 2017 takes place 20-26 November, and calls on all road users to “Speed Down Save Lives”.
Road Safety Statistics
2016 saw a 4% rise in the number of road deaths, with 1,792 people killed, the highest level since 2011. The combined total of killed and seriously injured (KSI) casualties in 2016 was 25,893, an increase of 8.5% compared with the figures from 2015. Further details can be found in the Reported road casualties in Great Britain: 2016 annual report published by the Department for Transport.
A breakdown of the provisional estimates for reported road casualties in Great Britain over the last quarter (April to June 2017) by police force area can be found here.
Targets for deaths and serious injuries
When in Government, Labour set proposed targets for casualty and fatality reduction until 2020, which were abandoned by the Government in the Department for Transport’s Strategic Framework for Road Safety in May 2012. The targets for reducing deaths and serious injuries for 2010 had either been met or were on target to be met when Labour left office. There are now almost 17,000 fewer deaths or serious injuries in a year than there were in the mid-1990s.
Government Policies since 2010
HGV Speed Limits: In July 2014, the Department for Transport announced an increase HGV speed limits from 40 to 50 mph on single carriageways, despite their own impact assessment showing that it would increase deaths and serious injuries on these roads.
Cuts to Policing: Police forces in England and Wales are now at their lowest strength per head on record, with 20,000 fewer frontline police posts since the Tories have been in power: https://www.channel4.com/news/factcheck/jeremy-corbyn-is-right-the-tories-have-cut-20000-police-officers-since-2010