Road Death Toll Still Too High

Casualty figures on our roads continue to fall according to Government figures issued today, but there is no room for complacency. Young drivers and those driving at work are still high risk.

Commenting on today’s announcement by The Department of Transport, Adrian Walsh, director of RoadSafe said: "This continued decline in casualties results from a huge effort by government and many others to find new and innovative ways of reducing death and injury on our roads, however until we all accept some measure of responsibility people will continue to be killed and injured. Parents of young drivers and company bosses could make a huge difference if they took greater interest. "

"There are many companies with sensible policies on car use, but no where enough. Many accidents are caused by tiredness or using mobile phones. In addition to ensuring that employees are not put under unreasonable business pressures, employees should ensure that their staff use modern cars with good crash protection and fitted with active safety systems such as stability control as recommended earlier in the week by EuroNCAP’ . Young drivers need to realise that they are vulnerable simply because they lack experience and are often not supervised by parents or indeed by their peers." He added.

1 July 2005 Staff

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