AA President Mr King revealed it was a “good opportunity” for road safety messages to be shared to remind people of the dangers of the road. His comments were made after the Department for Transport revealed the latest road casualty results for the UK which revealed little to no changes.
Mr King said: “Whatever mode of transport we use on the road network, we should all expect to get to and from our destinations safely.
“Unfortunately, too many people are still losing their lives on our roads.
“Local roads are undergoing significant changes and traffic movements are still evolving since lockdown, now is the time to set some significant and challenging road safety targets with the ambition of zero road deaths within a decade.
“As more people shun public transport and use other forms of transport, it is a good opportunity for road safety messages to be shared far and wide.
“Reminding everyone of the dangers including; driving tired, using their mobile phone behind the wheel and looking out for cyclists and pedestrians, will all help make our roads safer.”
The latest DfT report revealed fatality rates have continued to flatline since the last major decline in 2012.
The latest data revealed a total of 1,748 people were killed in road traffic accidents across Great Britain in 2019.
This was a decline of just two percent from the 1,784 accidents recorded last year but DfT said this was down to “natural variation” rather than a sustained decline.
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Fatality rates are down 21 percent since 2009 but have remained “broadly flat” since the start of the last decade.
They said fatality numbers were “stable” and any changes were “random” or based on yearly circumstances such as weather changes.
The report said: “The trend in the number of fatalities has been broadly flat since 2010.
“Previously, and particularly between 2006 and 2010, the general trend was for fatalities to fall.
“Since that point, most of the year on year changes are either explained by one-off causes (for instance, the snow in 2010) or natural variation.
“The evidence points towards Britain being in a period when the fatality numbers are stable and most of the changes relate to random variation.
“The number of fatalities in 2019 (1,748) was two percent less than in 2018 (1,784), however, this small decrease may be due to natural variation.”
Analysis revealed the number of serious injuries increased to 25,975 from 25,511 between 2018 and 2019.
Serious injuries were up considerably from the 22,144 recorded in 2015 and have risen steadily from the 24,101 seen in 2016.
However the DfT warn figures were “not comparable to earlier years” due to changes in the severity of reporting cases.
The DfT warns that police forces have changed their reporting systems which have had a large impact on the number of cases recorded since 2016.
There were 153,315 casualties in total in 2019 which is down five percent on 2018 and 31 percent since 2009.
In their road safety statement, the DfT promised to work to “raise standards” and “improve coordination” so that avoidable road deaths and injuries are reduced to an “absolute minimum”.
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