Fewer car insurance holder deaths on UK roads

Monday, 28 June 2010

There has been a 12 per cent drop in the number of deaths on the roads, showing that road safety campaigns targeting car insurance customers have been successful, it has been suggested.

New figures from the Department for Transport show the number of casualties on Britain's roads that were reported to police dropped in 2009.

The number of deaths fell too, from 2,538 in 2008 to 2,222 in 2009.

Last year, 81 children were killed on the roads, which was down 35 per cent on the figures from the year before.

The head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), Kevin Clinton, said: "Overall, the figures are good news."

He added: "In two years, we have seen a fall in road deaths of more than 700.

"It is particularly good that child deaths are now lower than 100, although this is clearly still too many."

Over the coming years, the government and road safety experts need to find ways to improve road safety, he advised.

If funds were used effectively to better road safety, fewer car insurance customers would be involved in accidents.

RoSPA is a registered charity which works to prevent accidents in the UK and worldwide.

Posted by Noel Martin

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