Industry urges Government to act as road-related fatalities climb in 2011
The amount of deaths and serious injuries occurred at the hands of motorists also reached a staggering 25,023, also up by 2% on the previous year.
Pedestrians resulted in the biggest increase in road-related deaths, reaching 453 in 2011 – a 12% increase on 2010. The number of cases involving serious injuries to cyclists however, were up alarmingly by 16% in 2011 at 3,085.
Such fears have been raised by current Shadow Transport Minister, Jim Fitzpatrick who believes that the Government should reinstate formerly used cross-party reduction targets as a way of combatting the escalating figures.
He said: 'Road casualty reduction targets commanded cross-party support for nearly three decades and played a big part in sending a strong message from Government about how committed it was to reducing deaths and serious injuries on the road.'
IAM chief executive, Simon Best said: 'It is unacceptable that road deaths and serious injuries rose last year, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists who saw the greatest rises. Road accidents usually drop during an economic recession, so this rise after continuous reductions over the last ten years, is particularly concerning.
'Ministers should take this as a serious warning. Cutting road safety education, scrapping casualty targets, and reductions in local authority spending all suggest that road safety isn’t a major priority for this government,' he added.