Road Safety Week 2019 has taken place, encouraging people to “Step Up for Safe Streets,” after research revealed a worrying number of adults have been involved in collisions or near misses in 2019.
The week of awareness – organised by road charity Brake – ran from 18 – 24 November, and during Road Safety Week 2019, it was revealed that almost a third of adults were involved in collisions or narrowly avoided one with another vehicle over the past year.
These results have been published in order to highlight the level of danger on the country’s roads; Brake’s Global Fleet Champions campaign is just one of a number of initiatives set up to reduce and eventually eradicate deaths and serious injuries.
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, called the findings ‘alarming’ and explained what the week set out to achieve.
He said: “These findings paint an alarming picture of the danger on our roads and yet it’s what we’re all exposed to, every day, when getting about. We shouldn’t have to accept this level of risk as part of our daily lives and so we are calling on everyone to “Step Up” for Road Safety Week and shout out for the solutions that we know can make our roads safe.
“Across the country, people are working tirelessly to campaign for safe streets, organising petitions, meeting with MPs and councillors and raising money and awareness.
“This Road Safety Week, we want everyone to think about how they can do their bit and step up for safe streets.”
The research, which reveals one in three adults have experienced a collision or near miss over the past year, looks worse when it just includes 18 – 34-year-olds; for that age group, the proportion rises to more than half.
All of which highlights the need for businesses to make sure they make their fleets safe and train staff appropriately.