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Rise in road casualties highlight impact of cuts in road safety and police budgets

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This week  the Government published the annual statistics on reported road casualties in Great Britain.

Behind these figures are personal tragedies for thousands of families up and down the country whose loved ones have been killed or injured on our roads.

They should be a wake-up call for Ministers. After decades of progress, for some time there have been worrying rises in casualty rates for months. The rises in fatalities is particularly serious amongst vulnerable road users like pedestrians (12% increase from last year) and cyclists (4%  up from last year).

As Shadow Roads Minister I have called on Government Minister to get to the bottom of why this is happening, including assessing the impact of cuts in road safety and police budgets. And they should bring back targets for improving road safety so we can both get both incentives and accountability back into the system.