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Government's new road safety strategy published soon

10 December 2010

The government will publish its new road safety strategy within the next two months, Road Safety Minister Mike Penning revealed in a speech at this year’s Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards.

While Britain has some of the safest roads in the world, there remain key target areas for government in its quest to further reduce death and injury on the UK’s roads.

Mr Penning, an ex-fireman who attended many road traffic crashes during that career, promised dramatic measures to help cut the number of youngsters, particularly young men, involved in crashes.

He also pledged a focus on cutting the number of collisions involving drink- and drug-drivers and motorcyclists. The government is already conducting a review of the motorcycle test to ensure that it is fit for purpose.

Mr Penning said that drug-driving was a major issue that needed to be confronted and promised that so-called ‘drugalysers’ would be available to the police to conduct roadside tests on drivers by 2012.

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