Factual Friday – Let’s Face Facts

How safe are you on the road? Whether you are a driver or pedestrian, we are all responsible for road safety.

Research suggests that at the end of March 2019, there were 38.4 million licensed vehicles in Great Britain. Add that to the current population of the Great Britain is approx. 67,530,172. So, there are 38.4 million licensed vehicles and 67,530,172 people crossing each other’s path (literally) daily.

With such a staggering number of vehicles and people, it’s not surprising to learn that so many accidents happen on the road each year. There are so many lives lost, changed or affected as a result of these accidents.

  • Every day, on average, five people are killed and 64 seriously injured on UK roads.
  • Around the world traffic accidents kill more than 1.25 million people a year and injure 50 million.
  • Road accidents are the leading cause of death around the world for people aged 15-29.
  • 45 per cent of fatalities on UK roads are car drivers or passengers; 25 per cent are pedestrians.
  • Pedestrian crossings were introduced in 1934. Their black-and-white stripes were not added until in 1951.
  • Correctly used seatbelts reduce the risk of death in a crash by 61%.

This week is Road Safety week, why not take this time to evaluate your driving. Consider how you can make it safer for yourself, your passengers and other members of the public.

For further information on Health and Safety visit our website or call the team on 0151 448 7940.