As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael is supporting national Road Safety Week, 17-23 November, by calling on the Government and people in Barnsley to ‘look out for each other.’
After years of consistent progress in reducing deaths and serious injuries, sharp increases in the past two quarters in 2014 have alarmed road safety experts and campaigners. Government figures released in October showed that deaths and serious injuries on the roads rose by 4% in the first quarter of the year, compared to 2013. Cyclist casualties rose by 18% in comparison with last spring.
Road Safety Week, coordinated by the road safety charity Brake, is the UK’s leading event to promote safer road use. This year Road Safety Week focuses calls on all road users to “look out for each other” to help stop the five deaths that still happen every day on UK roads - and particularly to protect people cycling and walking. It will be supported by a week of increased police enforcement coordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers.
Michael is calling on the Government to end complacency on road safety and restore targets to reduce deaths and serious injuries on the roads.
Commenting, Michael said, “This Road Safety Week I am calling on people in Barnsley to look out for each other. Whether you be a pedestrian, cyclist or motorist, we all need to respect each other on the roads.
“Worrying increases in deaths and serious injuries on our roads this year show why we cannot take safety for granted. Five people are still killed on Britain’s roads every day and each one is a tragedy. Unfortunately, since 2010 Ministers have pushed ahead with higher HGV speed limits on shaky evidence, completely failed to meet the Department for Transport’s deadline for improving young driver safety, and axed 10,000 front line police posts who are vital for enforcement.
“This Road Safety Week it is time the Government ended their complacency on road safety and reversed their out of touch decision to axe targets to cut the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.”