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How Safe Are UK Roads Really?

Figures listed in a recent report from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) show the European Union have some of the safest roads in the world, with the United Kingdom’s roads featuring second on the list just behind Sweden for the safest roads based on the number of road deaths per million people.

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Up to 2017, road traffic deaths have fallen by nearly 50% across the EU over two decades. However, there is much more that still needs to be done as around 70 people die on roads throughout Europe every day according to research data from CARE (EU Road Accidents Database).

Most accidents are caused by human error with many accidents being linked to driver distraction.

The increase in autonomous vehicles from the motor trade will no doubt help to further reduce road accidents, with the aid of driver assistance technology like emergency braking, speed limiters, built-in breathalysers, and driver drowsiness detection, and most of these systems will become mandatory over the next few years.

By 2038, the European Commission predicts driver assistance systems to save over 25,000 lives and prevent 140,000 injuries.

Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska said: “Every year, 25,000 people lose their lives on our roads. The vast majority of these accidents are caused by human error. “We can and must act to change this. With the new advanced safety features that will become mandatory, we can have the same kind of impact as when the safety belts were first introduced.”

Theresa May, former UK prime minister has rallied to introduce life sentences for killer drivers, the ‘Death by Dangerous Driving (Sentencing) Bill’ is set to be heard in the House of Commons on July 21st, 2020.

Robert Buckland, Justice Secretary, commented: “We will have the time and the support of the Government to change the law in the right direction.”

Motorists are generally responsible drivers, they’re aware that drink driving, exceeding the speed limit, and driving whilst tired is dangerous and irresponsible, it can put other road users lives at risk as well as their own.

It is advisable to always include breaks for every two hours of driving, if you start to feel tired, then find a safe place to stop or even share the driving if possible.

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You should always declare a medical condition when applying for either a private, or motor trade insurance policy, also ask your motor insurance provider how your health condition may impact on your policy.

Dangerous driving road offences can include driving aggressively, overtaking dangerously or driving whilst unfit, which can also include driving injured or visually impaired, these are serious offences that can end up in a Crown Court depending on the seriousness of the incident.

If you are found guilty of committing such an offence, you could be sentenced up to 14 years in prison, receive a long driving ban and an unlimited fine.

Anyone can report dangerous or careless driving to the police, so if you see another driver putting other road users in danger take note of the vehicle colour, make, and model, its registration plate or motor trade plates if applicable, along with the time and location of the incident.

Members of the public can report repeat offenders anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or the police’s non-emergency number 101.