Croydon road casualties hit 10-year high - as calls for urgent safety measures intensify

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Croydon saw a record number of road casualties last year despite a nationwide decrease, according to new data. Road safety charity IAM RoadSmart is urging the winner of the upcoming election to prioritise an updated road safety plan to further reduce unnecessary injuries and deaths.

Provisional figures from the Department for Transport suggest there were 1,258 road casualties in Croydon in 2023 - a 15 per cent rise from 1,093 the previous year. This was the highest figure recorded in the last decade. In Croydon, 155 people were seriously injured on the roads last year, four of whom died. In contrast, road accidents caused the deaths of two people in the area in 2022.

A total of 1,645 road users were killed in crashes across Britain in 2023, a decline of 4 per cent from the 1,711 in 2022. Nick Simmons, CEO of RoadPeace, the national charity for road crash victims, described the nationwide figures as 'encouraging', but highlighted that traffic collisions still cause "unacceptable loss of life and extreme suffering".

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Across the country, road deaths declined by 4 per cent -Credit:Getty

He added: "The ripple effect goes far beyond the statistics; it devastates families and shatters communities. We need to see collective action and commitment from everyone to deliver a significant reduction in road deaths and serious injuries and to create safer streets for all."

Across Britain, a total of 132,063 road casualties were recorded in 2023 down 3 per cent from the previous year. Most of these were in London, with 26,138, while the North East saw the fewest, with 4,018.

Nicholas Lyes, director of policy and standards at IAM RoadSmart, expressed disappointment over the lack of progress in reducing road deaths in 2023. He emphasised: "It is a stark reminder to all parties that an updated road safety plan as well as a national roads renewal programme must be a priority for whomever forms the next government,".

The RAC highlighted the increasing number of pedestrian fatalities, describing it as a "should be a red flag to the Government signifying just how dangerous our roads still are". In 2023, 407 pedestrians lost their lives on Britain's roads.

Simon Williams, RAC head of policy, stressed: "Any number of deaths on the road is too many, so we strongly encourage the new Government not to take these figures lightly and to make road safety a priority. We continue to believe the Government should reinstate road casualty reduction targets." Meanwhile, the DfT stated that the Government's THINK! Campaign aims to reduce road deaths by altering attitudes and behaviours.

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