PRIORITIES IN ROAD ACCIDENTS

It is considered that some of the deaths and injuries from road accidents are inevitable, but some are avoidable, often by applying knowledge that is already available. The suggestion is made that there are five priorities in preventing road injuries: seat belts; tougher action on alcohol; better treatment of pedestrians; a change in attitudes; and better statistics. The case for seat belts is considered to be overwhelming and urgent, that the backing of law is needed and the government bill that has just had its first reading must not be defeated through ignorance or apathy. Statistics related to alcohol and driving are presented, and it is considered that the recommendations of the Blennerhassett Committee could make enforcement much easier and would also help to keep the problem drinker off the road. With over 71000 pedestrian casualties in 1977, nearly a third of whom were seriously injured or killed, the case is argued that pedestrians should be enabled to cross any road in safety by all-red phases of traffic lights; replacement of pelican crossings by ordinary traffic lights; and pedestrians given priority by turning traffic, enforced by law. A change in attitudes is considered necessary in ensuring that public and police co-operate in seeing that traffic laws are obeyed and enforced. Finally, better statistics are considered necessary if road safety measures and policies are not to be based on misleading or inaccurate information. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Hasler Limited

    Belpstrasse 23
    3000 Bern 14,   Switzerland 
  • Publication Date: 1979-2-3

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  • Accession Number: 00195521
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 2003 12:00AM