Road safety charity slams government complacency

Brake, the road safety charity, is extremely disappointed that the latest estimated figures from the Department for Transport show that 1,780 people were killed on Britain’s roads in the year ending, September 2015.

An estimated 5,620 drink-drive crashes took place in Great Britain in 2014, that’s equivalent to just over 15 collisions every single day. These crashes resulted in 240 deaths and represent 14% of all deaths on the roads; there were 8,220 casualties.

Gary Rae, campaigns director for Brake, said, ‘Behind the statistics, families are ripped apart by what is a violent and sudden death. I want to know what the government intends to do to stop these wholly preventable deaths. It’s time for them to take action: reintroduce casualty reduction targets; reduce the drink drive limit to 20mg per 100ml of blood, and introduce much tougher penalties for criminal drivers.’