A leading road safety charity has hit out at political parties for not prioritising road death-reducing initiatives in their election manifestos.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) claims none of the documents published ahead of the May 7 vote contain any long or short-term plans to reduce the number of young people killed on the country’s roads.
It has therefore devised its own manifesto, identifying seven key areas the new government will need to focus on.
Road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for males and females aged between five and 19 – while they are also the third leading cause of death for both males and females aged between 20 and 34 in England and Wales.
But the IAM says this serious problem has largely been ignored, stating the Green Party is the only one of the major political parties to have devoted any significant amount of space to road safety in its manifesto.
It has accused all of them of sweeping the issue under the carpet, rather than facing up to the facts.
The Greens want to reduce the drink drive limit to as close to zero as is practical, bring down speed limits to 20mph in residential areas and 40mph on rural roads – plus fit lorries with technology so drivers are fully aware of pedestrians and cyclists.
But the IAM says this is not enough. It wants the next government to focus on seven key areas:
- Reducing young driver risk
- Driver risk management
- Keeping older drivers safer for longer
- Protecting the vulnerable
- Safe motorcycling has a key role in transport policy
- Leadership is essential for sustainable road safety
- Supporting the law abiding majority on our roads
Date Published: April 24, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown