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UK roads are less safe now, say drivers

UK company car drivers are calling on the government to introduce harsher penalties and strong safety initiatives in a bid to make Britain’s roads safer.

The majority want drink-drivers to be publicly named and shamed, random breath testing to be increased, the drink-drive limit to be reduced and alco-locks, which prevent a car from starting if the driver’s blood alcohol content is too high, to be installed in cars.

Almost half (47%) want the widespread introduction of speed cameras that photograph the driver.

The findings are produced as part of the influential RAC Report on Motoring 2007, which found that more than three-quarters of drivers (85%) want the government to reduce road deaths by at least 10%, with more than half wanting a 50% reduction.

More than half complain that Britain’s roads are less safe than in the past, even though a quarter of company car drivers do not believe they would pass their test if they were to take it tomorrow.

The study sought the views of more than 2,000 motorists, 213 of whom are company car drivers.

In support of business motorists’ concerns, RAC bosses are today due to meet MPs and policymakers to campaign for the introduction of “clear and specific goals” focused on drink-driving, drugs-driving, speeding, legal documentation and long-term bans for causing death or serious injury.

RAC managing director Debbie Hewitt said: “It is unacceptable that over a quarter of a million people are killed or injured on our roads each year. As the voice of the British motorist, this report shows that the time has clearly come for the government to get tough on making our roads safer.

“Road safety issues are not consistent across the country. This is why we are calling for the introduction of local targets to reduce overall road deaths and injuries at a national level.”

Rob Gifford, executive director, Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety, said: “The report makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the views of the motoring public.

“I welcome RAC’s efforts to keep road safety at the top of the public and policymakers’ agendas. However, we all have a role to play – road deaths and injuries can only be significantly reduced through a collaborative approach between government, local authorities, and drivers themselves.”

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