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Call for investment to provide a five-star road network

8 July 2008

Britain’s drivers should be travelling along a five-star road system and not one that leaves them in danger of crashing with horrific consequences.

The Campaign for Safer Road Design launched today seeks to make safe road design a national transport priority.

In 2001, Britain’s roads were the safest in Europe. However, today the nation ranks behind the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland , which have adopted the concept of ‘vision zero’ - no deaths at all on the roads.

Britain’s residents are almost eight times more likely to die on the roads than in any other daily activity with at-work drivers in the ‘high risk’ category with 200 road deaths and serious injuries a week resulting from crashes involving them.

RoadSafe is one of the founding partners of the Campaign for Safe Road Design, which was officially launched today at the House of Lords with publication of a new report - ‘Getting Ahead’. It outlines the importance of proactive road safety measures being taken on Britain’s most dangerous roads where the crashes that cause death, injury and economic disruption are most likely to occur.

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