Prioritise road safety, says firm

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A LAW firm in Sheffield has called on the Government to make traffic safety improvements a top priority, after statistics showed the number of deaths on the roads has increased.

New figures have revealed there were just over 1,900 fatalities last year, an increase of three per cent.

The figures represent the first increase in deaths seen since 2003, with around half of those killed being in cars and a quarter being pedestrians.

Neil Whiteley, who specialises in road death cases at Irwin Mitchell, said: “This increase is a huge concern that must be thoroughly examined. A clear strategy aimed at reducing deaths on the roads is needed in response to this.

“The fact that almost 2,000 people were killed in such incidents across 2011 is simply unacceptable.”