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Roads: Fatal Accidents

Volume 704: debated on Wednesday 29 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How they intend to improve the record of United Kingdom road accident fatalities; and what assessment they have made of their rate of improvement over the past 10 years compared with other countries in the European Union. [HL5686]

Figures from 2007 show a decrease in road accident fatalities in the UK of 18 per cent from the 1994-98 average. While the UK remains among the very best performing EU countries for road death rates, our rate of improvement in reducing numbers of fatalities over the past 10 years has not been as strong as some other European countries.

The department intends to publish later this year a consultation on ways of improving compliance with key road safety laws, including drink-driving and speeding. The department is also developing a new road safety strategy for beyond 2010, when the current strategy expires, and this process has included discussions with other leading EU nations in the field of road safety.