Dated: 05 April 2011
Road Safety Report: 6,000 Lives Can Be Saved Annually
According to a new report carried out by the Road Safety Foundation on behalf of the RAC Foundation – entitled: Saving Lives, Saving Money: the costs and benefits of achieving safe roads – as many as size thousand lives a year could be saved throughout the coming decade if money used to maintain Britain’s roads was used in a more efficient manner.
It has been estimated in the report that the UK loses an astonishing £30 billion - that is 2.3% of the UK’s GDP - a year due to the cost of car crashes.
Professor Stephen Glaister, Director of the RAC Foundation was quoted as saying, "given that Britons are more likely to die on the roads than in any other daily activity, this report should make us first angry, and then determined to act to see more lives saved - at little or no extra cost.
"We will never prevent all road accidents but we can do a considerable amount to reduce their effects simply by improving the road environment and making it as forgiving as possible. We understand road risks well enough to know how to cut this grim toll of death and injury, yet we fail to implement cheap and effective measures to combat them.
"Why do we continue to tolerate unsafe roads when the cost of bringing the network up to minimum standards is within what we already spend on our roads? It beggars belief that we are not redirecting resources to where they are most beneficial."