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Brake welcomes new EU road death targets

European Union transport ministers have formally agreed today to set a target of halving the number of serious injuries on roads in the EU by 2030 from their 2020 level. This is in addition to the existing target to halve the number of road deaths on EU roads by 2020 from the 2010 baseline [1].

Responding to the news,Mary Williams, CEO for Brake, the road safety charity, said:“We warmly welcome today’s EU announcement, which will help focus efforts across Europe to reduce needless road deaths and injuries. Targets are essential. They focus governments’ minds on the crisis, and the need for urgent steps to be taken by them to save lives. All governments should focus on measures that drive towards zero casualties through a safe systems approach. We particularly call for measures that protect pedestrians and cyclists such as segregated road space, 20mph (30km/h) limits and vehicle design improvements, such as ISA (which restricts speed of vehicles below limits) and advanced automated emergency braking systems (currently under consideration by the EU).

“It’s a disgrace that there are currently no GB targets for casualty reduction. Brake applauds Highways England for setting its own target of a 40% reduction in the numbers of people killed and serious injured on the Strategic Road Network. We are calling for a GB target to be set as an urgent priority for the incoming UK government.”

The Sustainable Development Goals call for a reduction of half deaths and injuries by 2020 worldwide.

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