In the same week that a national survey highlighted the value parents attach to the work of road safety officers, mayors from boroughs across London gathered to hear broadcaster Nick Ross warn about the consequences of cuts to the Capital’s road safety service.
Speaking at the LSRC’s annual conference at City Hall – directly to those who hold the purse strings – Nick Ross, LRSC president, expressed his fear that deaths will increase.
Mr Ross urged London to continue to invest in road safety and take on a new ambitious challenge – to reduce road deaths in London to 100 by 2020. (In 2011 there were 159 deaths).
Nick Ross said: “Success in reducing casualties in the last 30 years shows they are not really accidents, for if that were so we should be fatalistic. They are consequences, both of private behaviour and of public policy, and that means that we can manage the death rate.”
Mark Bunting, LRSC press officer, added: “With road safety officer posts currently being deleted across London, councils need urgently to heed the call of parents and the media to re-prioritise for road safety.”
For more information contact Mark Bunting on 020 3045 5875.