Campaigners call for safer roads

Campaigners call for safer roads

A road safety charity has expressed concerns over the first rise in road fatalities seen in nearly a decade.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) said it was "disturbed" about the increase, and it has called for improved road safety measures after a Department for Transport report showed road deaths increased for the first time since 2003.

Abreakdown of the yearly statistics reveals that in Britain, road fatalities jumped by 3% from 1,850 in the previous year to 1,901 last year. Deaths of children in road accidents also increased by 9% from 55 to 60 last year.

But the report showed the number of children with serious injuries dropped by 4% to stand at 2,352 in 2011.

The number of pedestrians killed in 2011 rose more than a tenth (12%) to 453, and the number of those seriously injured in road collisions also jumped 5% to 5,454.

"After a long period of deaths falling year on year, we are very disturbed that they have risen, particularly among children and pedestrians," said Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at RoSPA.

Copyright Press Association 2012