UK Tops EU Road Safety Table
The latest accident figures from across the continent have shown that there are fewer fatal accidents on the UK’s roads, placing them top of the the road safety league in 2010. The roads in the UK have progressively been increasing in safety for several years now, with casualty and fatality figures considerably lower than 15 years ago.
The figures were used to highlight the start of the 3rd European Road Safety Day, which is oddly being held on both the 13th and the 14th of October. The safety days are being held in Brussells and will present the strategic guidelines on European road safety policy for the period 2011‑20. The European Commission’s Road Safety Action Plan aims to reduce road deaths in the EU by half by 2020 and judging from the figures released so far, they are well on their way to achieving the target.
With over 30 million cars on the UK’s roads it is extremely impressive to see the reduction of accidents as the roads and motorways have become increasingly clogged with traffic over the last 15 years. Road safety has always been one of the priorities for the UK’s government and the measures taken over the last decade, including the introduction of speed cameras, seem to have worked in making driving a safer experience for all.
However, the EU and car manufacturers have also got to be commended for increasing the overall safety of vehicles involved in collisions, with many cars hitting the maximum 5 star Euro NCAP rating for safety.