First rise in road casualties since 1997
GEM comments on the first calendar year rise in road casualties since 1997
GEM Motoring Assist is urging the government to accept the immediate need for a new commitment to road safety. The call follows publication of figures showing a rise in road casualties to 194,477 in 2014, a 6% rise from 2013.
GEM chief executive David Williams MBE said: ““Strong political leadership is essential if we want to put right this unacceptable situation. The government must immediately provide positive direction for the remainder of this decade and beyond.
“We know there is enormous commitment and willingness from road safety professionals to continue the work to save lives, even though cuts to road safety budgets have reduced their number considerably in the past five years.
“We need to see that there is strong political will right now. Bland assurances about having some of the safest roads in the world are simply not good enough, because more people – particularly vulnerable road users – are being injured and killed.”
GEM is calling for:
- A Government commitment to substantial reductions in the number of people killed and seriously injured on the UK’s roads
- A Government commitment to tough five-year targets
- More traffic police patrols back on the roads and more strict enforcement of speed limits, particularly in 20mph residential zones
- A commitment by car manufacturers to better crash protection for pedestrians
- Revitalising of road safety education for all
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