The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has welcomed the publication of new official statistics highlighting a reduction in road casualties across the UK.
In the the year to June 2015, a seven per cent fall in the number of people who were killed or seriously injured on the nation's roads was recorded (22,830). At the same time, casualties of all severities also fell by seven per cent (180,500).
Furthermore, the data showed quarterly figures for child deaths and serious injuries decreased by eight per cent to 530 in Q2 2015 – the lowest second-quarter result on record.
However, this positive shift in casualty numbers masked a seven per cent increase in the number of fatal accidents on rural roads.
Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, argued the fact that overall casualty numbers have decreased despite an increase in total traffic volumes is an especially welcome development, although the rise in fatal accidents on rural routes is a worry.
He added: "Highways England has published a vision for zero deaths on trunk roads and we believe this commitment should be adopted by the government for the whole country.
"The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has stated a desire to encourage lifelong learning in driver and rider training and we firmly believe that with the right framework in place, which recognises the issues faced by road users of different ages, this approach will form a vital part of ensuring that fewer lives are needlessly lost on UK roads."
Posted on 6th November 2015
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