Road deaths fall but still too high

A leading UK road safety organisation which educates 330,000 road users each year welcomed a slight reduction in road deaths in the latest casualty figures released by the Government.

But the TTC Group says the number of people who are being killed and seriously injured is still "far too high" and more needs to be done to save lives and make our roads safer. People should refresh their road safety skills by reading the Highway Code, taking a course, or getting their employer to organise driver training.

Latest provisional casualty figures released today by the Department for Transport reveal that road deaths fell by 2% and injuries by 7% compared with last year despite a 2.3% increase in traffic levels.

But there were still 180,500 road casualties including 1,700 deaths in the 12 months to June 2015, said TTC Group director Alan Prosser.

"We know that people are safer on the roads with extra tuition. It should not be the case of passing your test at 17 and never, ever, taking a refresher course," said Mr Prosser, whose organisation has been educating drivers for more than 20 years to reduce casualties.

Businesses can also play their part in supporting road safety initiatives and make our roads safer, said Mr Prosser.

About one quarter of all vehicle miles travelled annually on Britain's roads are for work purposes, according to the National Travel Survey and one in four collisions involve a driver on company business.

Businesses can take steps to proactively manage their risk with TTC DriverProtect an online driver and vehicle risk management solution.

TTC Cycle Experience also run roadshows and courses for cyclists of all ages from toddlers and above to teach safe cycling techniques.

Lord Digby Jones has given his backing to a TTC Group campaign to educate people who drive at work to cut road deaths and injuries among the workforce.

"For many years people have been telling us how much safer they feel on the road after attending a course. They refresh some forgotten skills or learn new ones and are safer as a result," added Mr Prosser.

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