RAC Foundation presses need for accident investigation branch
The RAC Foundation has published new research that echoes calls for a road accident investigation branch.
Currently information about the perceived causes of road crashes is recorded by police at the time of collisions, for criminal prosecution purposes and to inform statistics collated and published by the Department for Transport. However, according to Brake, this information is not adequate to investigate and determine the most effective countermeasures to tackle road casualties.
And last March saw the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) hold a conference outlining how a single coordination investigation framework could drive down the number of collisions on our roads.
The new paper by the RAC Foundation endorses the case for thinking again about whether we need an accident investigation branch and also sets out options for how the establishment of such a unit could be put into effect swiftly and effectively as a way of proving the concept.
It added: “There comes a time in any long-running debate when an idea either runs out of steam or finally begins to gain traction. We believe that the case for establishing some new machinery for investigating the causes of road accidents is gaining momentum. Rather than debate theoretical models and guess at the potential costs and benefits, we believe it is time to put the concept into practice by establishing one or more pathfinders. The sooner the better.”