Road safety a priority for car insurance

Tuesday, 04 October 2011

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Cutting road traffic accidents, which in turn would reduce car insurance costs, needs to be made a bigger priority, according to leading safety organisations.

There is growing concern that dramatic cuts in road safety investment by the government will derail reductions in casualty rates on Britain's roads.

Charity Brake has highlighted that road accidents remain a significant drain on the economy, resulting in high car insurance payouts and suffering for families across Britain.

New figures released by the Department for Transport indicate deaths and serious injuries on Britain's roads declined by 17 per cent and eight per cent respectively in 2010.

However, Brake campaigns director Julie Townsend believes long-term work must continue to keep statistics heading in a downward direction.

"Brake is desperately worried that this trend of falling casualties is under threat, and in coming years we could see more lives destroyed as a result of cuts to road safety work and a lack of decisive action from the government on key issues, such as young drivers, speed and drink driving," she noted.

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