Government announces new action plan to reduce number of road deaths

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The Government has announced a set of new proposals in a bid to reduce the number of people being killed or injured on Britain’s roads.

The measures will look to improve safety for people at all stages of life, including infants in car seats to those who have many years of driving experience.

In total, 74 actions to improve road safety have been published by the Department for Transport as part of the new road safety action plan.

One of the most significant parts of the action plan includes increasing penalties for drivers who fail to wear a seatbelt.

Currently, offenders are given a £100 on-the-spot fine for breaking the law by not wearing a seatbelt, however, drivers could now be issued with penalty points as well as fines in a bid to lower the number of deaths on UK roads.

In 2017, 27 per cent of car deaths involved people that were not wearing a seatbelt – meaning 1 in 4 car deaths could have been prevented by belting up.

Road Safety Minister Michael Ellis said: “Far too many people are not wearing a seatbelt while travelling in a car, needlessly putting their lives at risk.

“Increasing penalties for people who disregard the simplest way of protecting themselves is just one of a long list of actions this government is taking to help keep people safe on our roads.”

Other measures being considered include alcolocks, which is a device that measures the alcohol in a driver’s breath and stops a vehicle from starting if that level is too high. This can reduce drink-driving re-offending as part of rehabilitation programmes in the UK and additional training for policing on UK roads.

Whilst older drivers could be given a digital platform to help share best practice on how to reduce the risk for drivers.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “The UK has some of the safest roads in the world, but we are not complacent and continue to look at how we can make them safer.

“Today’s action plan is a key milestone in our road safety work and sets out the important steps we are taking to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.”

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