Radical changes for young drivers as 5 people a day died on UK roads last year.
The road safety debate rages on – such an emotive issue because it impacts each one of us. Powerful advertising, innovative road layouts and alterations to the driving test pop up in the media regularly, all aiming to make us safer on the roads. And with good reason.
An average of five people per day died on our roads last year.
Every year, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) publishes traffic accident statistics. Despite the increasing number of vehicles on our roads, the number of casualties is falling year on year. This shows that the road safety measures adopted in recent years are working, so is it time to take things one step further?
Associate solicitor Janet Smith, of BBLaw’s road traffic accident team, has been helping those injured in road accidents for nearly 18 years. She says:
“As the volume of traffic on British roads continues to increase every year, any proposals which could potentially reduce the number of lives shattered by a moment of carelessness, deserves careful consideration.”
Young drivers are the focus of radical measures suggested by the Transport Research Laboratory to cut accidents.
Young drivers are involved in one in five serious collisions, despite the fact that for every twenty miles driven, only one of those is by a young driver. Learners would only be allowed to take their test on completion of 100 supervised driving hours. On passing, they would not be allowed to carry passengers aged under thirty for 12 months. During this time, they would also be prevented from using a mobile phone, even on hands free, or driving late at night.
Night time driving is also the focus of a radical suggestion from ROSPA, who believe that adjusting our daylight hours to be in line with the rest of Europe may reduce accidents. Most collisions occur between 3.30pm and 5.30pm, so yearlong lighter evenings could reduce accidents are well as increasing revenue for businesses in the leisure and tourism industries.
Distracted drivers are thought to cause one in five crashes.
Anything that takes a person’s focus off the road can cause a distraction. This includes eating and drinking, smoking and even listening to the radio. The main distraction these days though, is caused by the use of mobile phones. That’s why the BRAKE road safety charity wants to ban the use of all mobile phones in vehicles, even those that are hands free.
Improving road safety is of paramount importance and will be particularly close to your heart if you or your loved ones have been involved in an accident. Even less serious road accidents can be traumatic, with minor injuries keeping people from work and causing financial difficulties.
Our specialist Road Traffic Accident Claims Team can help you in the aftermath of an accident, sorting out problems arising from both injuries and financial loss. For advice from one of our friendly team, please contact us on 0800 614 722.
For more information on Brake, the road safety charity visit www.brake.org.uk or to find out about the charity’s 2 Young 2 Die initiative visit www.2young2die.org.uk