Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, is supporting national Road Safety Week, 20-26 November, by calling on the people in the Denton and Reddish constituency to ‘Speed Down and Save Lives.’
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 ‘Speed Down’ to help stop the five deaths that still happen every day on UK roads – and particularly to protect people cycling and walking.
After years of consistent progress by Labour governments in reducing deaths and serious injuries, sharp increases in recent years have alarmed road safety experts and campaigners. Latest government figures show that in 2016 there was a 4% increase in the numbers of people killed on our roads, the highest level since 2011, and an 8.5% increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“This Road Safety Week I am calling on people across our community to Speed Down and Save Lives.
“Worrying increases in deaths and serious injuries on our roads this year show why we cannot take safety for granted with five people still killed on Britain’s roads every day and each one is a tragedy.
“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.”