Five year high on UK road fatalities
I was doing my usual scout around the various news sites earlier, and I came across this pretty scary statistic:
Road fatalities in the UK reached a FIVE YEAR high last year, with 1,792 people killed on our roads.
There was an 8% rise in fatalities involving cars, and a 10% rise in pedestrian fatalities.
I don’t know about you, but that scares me.
Why are things getting less safe, rather than safer?
As Neil Worth, road safety officer at the GEM Road Safety Charity says:
“We will no doubt hear a Minister explaining that Britain has some of the safest roads in the world. But the truth is that our roads are considerably less safe than they were six years ago, and that is very worrying.
In spite of technological improvements to vehicles and systems, car occupant deaths have risen by eight percent.”
What’s going on?! Why are things getting less safe? Do you think the increase in foreign drivers is having an impact? Or could this simply be due to an increase in the number of new drivers learning to drive at the moment?
Millenials (from the baby boom of 2000) are starting to learning to drive now in 2016/2017 and also the economic slump of 2009 has meant those people who would have learnt to drive and didn't are now passing their test around the age of 26.
Would love to get your take on it, leave a comment below!