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Road accidents highlight need for preventative technologies
Road accidents highlight need for preventative technologies

Road accidents highlight need for preventative technologies

The latest figures regarding accidents on the roads in Great Britain once again press home the need for preventative technologies.

Statistics relating to personal injury accidents on public roads in Great Britain for the year ending September 2017 reveals almost 175,000 casualties of all severities during the 12-month period.

This is 5% less than was recorded in the previous year and the Department for Transport (DfT) believe the statistics mean it can be said that there has been a “significant” decrease in the number of casualties of all severities between September 2016 and September 2017, with a number of factors combining to improve aspect of safety on Britain’s roads.

However, the release also reveals that, while the number of people who have died in road traffic accidents decreased in that time, the change is small enough that it can be explained by the natural variation in deaths over time.

Changes in the system for severity reporting means statistics need to be interpreted with caution.

Every area of the UK has its accident black spots, where collisions occur all too commonly.

What this reveals is the need for help to counter this and give local authorities and central government the information they need to alleviate the issue.

Technology is becoming increasingly prevalent in the fight to identify the worst areas of accidents and as well as a swelling of organisations that provide these software solutions, we’re seeing a real need in the marketplace for this technology.

It is something taken on board throughout Europe; indeed, the European Commission has launched a “Vision Zero” initiative that is a platform for the collected knowledge technology around traffic safety. Conceived in the mid-1990s, this initiative is used in countries such as Sweden.

Back in the UK, companies provide software to collect, validate and analyse traffic accident data.

These smarter solutions would assist authorities in reducing accidents in their areas.

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