Road Fatality Pattern Uncovered

Half Of All Road Collisions Take Place On 10% Of Britain's Roads

01.07.2010

01/07/2010

Half of all fatal road collisions take place on just 10% of Britain's roads, a road safety charity has said.

A report from the Road Safety Foundation has called for Government spending to be targeted at these black spots to try to reduce fatalities and lower spending on emergency services.

Its study looked at 28,000 miles of A-roads and motorways across Britain and found Scottish roads were the most dangerous in general, but the individual road with most deaths was the A537 between Macclesfield in Cheshire and Buxton in Derbyshire.

The Saving Lives for Less report said spending small sums of money at these hazardous sites could have a big impact on reducing the number of people killed each year.

The foundation highlighted junctions as the most dangerous spot on our roads, saying a third of all fatal and serious crashes occur there. It also found one-in-four fatal or serious crashes on A-roads or motorways involves a motorcyclist.

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Stephen Nye from law firm Irwin Mitchell specialises in serious injuries caused by road traffic crashes. He said: "Everyday I deal with people whose lives have been turned upside down by a road traffic crash. Some have been left with life altering injuries, others have lost loved ones. To think that so many incidents occur on just 10% of UK roads is a major concern and I would urge councils to consider what safety measure could be put in place to prevent further injuries or loss of life."