Government road safety measures don’t go far enough, says GEM

Posted on December 22nd, 2015 by James Luckhurst


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Road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist today welcomed many of the UK Government’s proposed new road safety measures. However, GEM believes there is a missed opportunity for re-establishing a national road safety target, safeguarding young drivers and reducing the drink-drive limit.

GEM chief executive David Williams MBE said:

“We urge Government to bring back national targets. These provide the much-needed central focus for the efforts of road safety professionals across the country.

“We support the introduction of graduated licensing (GDL) for new drivers. January 2016 marks the third anniversary of the announcement of the Green Paper on GDL. In that time we estimate that 1,300 people will have been killed or seriously injured in young driver crashed that could have been prevented by a GDL system1.

“We are convinced that a reduction in the drink-drive limit from the current 0.08g/dl is long overdue. Latest estimates2 show that a reduction in the limit to 0.05g/dl in 2010 would have saved 25 lives and prevented around 95 serious injuries in each of the following three years. Therefore any political motivation for keeping a limit that was set in 1967 needs to be replaced by an agenda that has public safety at its core.”

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