Car insurance: road deaths increase

Monday, 09 July 2012

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The number of people killed on British roads rose for the first time in a decade, new figures have shown.

It was discovered that 1,901 people were killed in road accidents in 2011, representing a three per cent increase on the year before and the first time it has jumped since 2003.

The rise has partially resulted from a larger number of children and pedestrian deaths.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has called on the government to prioritise the safety of Britain's road network in order to stop future increases in road deaths, while stopping the number of accidents and car insurance claims overall.

Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at RoSPA, said: "RoSPA is concerned that reduced public spending on road safety, especially cuts to local authority and road policing budgets, may be partly to blame."

Mr Clinton explained that the government should work alongside the road safety profession to understand why road deaths have increased.

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