Great Britain has one of the best road safety records in Europe and the world. Despite massive increases in traffic over the last few decades, the number of people killed on our roads has fallen from around 5,500 per year in the mid 1980s to well under 1754 in 2012. However, this still means that 5 people die on Britain’s roads every day.
Reported road casualties in Great Britain, 2012
Killed – 1,754
Seriously injured – 23,039
Slightly injured – 170,930
These figures are for road accidents in which someone was injured on a public road and which were reported to the police. Although virtually all fatal road accidents are reported to the police, it’s known that many involving injury are not reported even when some of those involved required medical or hospital treatment. It’s estimated that the total number of road casualties in Great Britain is between 660,000 and 880,000 per year, with a best estimate of around 730,000. This includes an estimated 80,000 people who are seriously injured.
Road deaths have increased by 4% compared to the year ending March 2013 to 1,750.
There were 24,160 killed or seriously injured casualties, a 2% increase compared with the previous year.
For the year ending March 2014, there were 189,880 reported road casualties of all severities, 1% higher than the 188,884 for the year ending March 2013.
Between January and March 2014, there were 380 road deaths, 13% higher than the same quarter in 2013. Seriously injured and slightly injured casualties increased by 15/17% respectively.
SEATBELTS – Seatbelts should need no introduction but their importance means they are always worth a mention. All vehicles should be equipped with rear and front seatbelts that cross your belly and your shoulders. It’s recommended that all seatbelts are equipped with locking technology to ensure passengers do not fly forward in case of a head-on collision or sudden breaking.
Seatbelts aren’t put in cars to make them look pretty there put in to SAVE life’s.
Around 200 people died each year because they wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.
Wearing a seatbelt saves over 2,200 lives every year. Everyone knows they should wear seatbelts, but still people don’t always wear them. Maybe they just don’t realise how dangerous it is not to wear one.
USE OF MOBILE PHONES
use of mobile phone - using a mobile phone whilst driving means that the driver's attention is distracted from the road.
you are four times more likely to crash if you use a mobile phone whilst driving.
reaction times for drivers using mobile phones is around 50% slower than normal driving.
even careful driver's can be distracted by a call or text - only takes a split seconds lapse in concentration could result in a crash.
more than 3,000 people are killed every year in car crashes caused by the use of mobile phones.
By Beth Lloyd