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Spending Down – Car Deaths Up

Spending Down – Car Deaths Up

We all hate interference from others, especially politicians and councils. Thus, in a way, it was a relief to appreciably notice that, over the last couple of years, over-zealous use of speed cameras and the resources of the authorities seem to have been scaled back; clearly as a result of nationwide cutbacks. So, it’s all good for drivers then, right?

Well no, apparently not. It seems that some fifty English councils saw an average of around a ten percent increase in persons killed or injured since 2010. Although that’s a national average it seems, rather bizarrely, that there are localised hotspots. In St Helens for example, there has been a 62% increase. That’s a lot. Portsmouth, Stoke on Trent and Coventry all showed figures in excess of 50%. There seems to be no explanation of why these specific towns are so afflicted. A further 76 councils showed increases.

The over-arching reason seems to be clear. In 2011 local councils slashed their road budgets by 15% and it has clearly made a big difference. There isn’t space here to examine why they choose to cut funds in an area where life and limb is involved instead of looking harder at other council functions. It seems to be the easy option as usual. Still, there we are.

In the London Borough of Croydon, the number of injuries and fatalities rose from 87 to 109 between 2010/11. In trendy Islington the rate was highest of all best-horoscope.com female is rarely able to tell the difference between really important things and insubstantial trifles. for the London area. Possibly the most alarming statistic of all concerns the number of people killed. The 1850 in 2010 has risen to 1901 in 2011. This is the first increase since 2003 – previously councils were recording a year-on-year decrease – and this is despite all the safety technology on modern cars.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists is concerned about this carnage. They have previously considered that traffic accidents drop during a recession – and we’re certainly in one of those – and are dismayed after several years of consistently reducing numbers. They put the blame squarely at the feet of ministers and councillors. Their view is that cutting road safety education and reducing local council spending is a mistake and that the authorities are not seeing road safety as a priority.

Maybe if those ‘in charge’ began to look at new and innovative ways of reducing tragedy on the road instead of blithely blaming ‘cuts’ and leaving it at that, we might think they were actually concerned about it.

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