This week thousands of children, schools, colleges, workplaces and police officers from across the country have joined together in Road Safety Week. The annual campaign led by the road safety charity Brake reminds us that there is still a lot more we can do to make streets safer places to be.
Recently released government figures showed that the number of motorcycling and cycling casualties on our roads has risen in comparison to the same period in 2012. Cyclist casualties rose 12%, while motorcyclist casualties were up 4%.
Road Safety Week is the UK’s leading event to promote safer road use. This year it has focussed on preventing tragic collisions caused by driver distraction, such as mobile phone use, and has been supported by a week of increased police enforcement coordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers.
The simple fact is that if you are distracted at the wheel you are two to three times more likely to crash, potentially causing a serious injury or even killing someone. With more and more of us reliant on smart phones and getting distracted by electronic devices, the risk of having a collision increases.
I would like to see the Government focus on road safety and make the issue a national priority. Since 2010 they have cut spending on safety, speed cameras and the frontline police vital for traffic enforcement. I also want Ministers to put the most vulnerable first and reverse their out of touch decision to axe targets to cut the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.