In the run up to the General Election in May 2015, PACTS has drawn up a list of priorities for road safety to “substantially reduce the level of death and injury on roads in the UK”.
PACTS says that unless the Government acts “a third of a million people will be killed or seriously injured on the roads in Great Britain over the two decades ending 2030”. PACTS estimates the financial loss to society at approximately £110bn.
Top of a list of strategic initiatives, proposed by PACTS for central and local governments, is adoption of a “long-term vision for a safe transport system free from death and serious injury”.
Other proposals include: setting challenging national targets for road safety; adopting the Safe System approach in road safety management; setting up an independent Road Safety Management Capacity Review; adopting Single/Double Summer Time; introducing an effective graduated driver licensing scheme; reducing the drink-drive blood alcohol limit to 50mg /100ml; publicising best practice guidance on effective training for drivers, motorcyclists, pedal cyclists and young pedestrians; and reviewing emergency medical response to collisions and enhanced trauma care.