Canterbury has seen a 10 per cent increase in the number of young people involved in serious car crashes.
Recent figures from the Road Accident Data shows that every year since 2014 17-24- year-olds were either killed or seriously injured.
In 2015, the number of KSI’s rose from 57 to 72 in 2016.
According to the personal injury collision and casualty statistics, based on STATS19 data provided by Kent Police, statistics have been used to demonstrate current trends compared to the 2004 to 2008 baseline average, with an in-depth review of 2016.
Roger Lawson, Campaign Director for the Alliance of British Drivers said,
“More driver education, training is needed in general and more driver assistance in vehicles could really reduce the numbers.”
“We campaign for an evidence based approach to road safety. A lot of the measures put in place are not really effective. People think that we should be reusing traffic speeds on the principle that it would solve a lot of accidents – but it wont. Excessive traffic speeds are a minor factor. Inattention is a big problem that also causes accidents. Tackle those accident hotspots, places that are prone to accidents- typically where the road design or signage is poor. Drivers are also unfamiliar with the road structure and tend to panic last minute.”
A new target was recommended by the Casualty Reduction (CaRe) Group for reducing casualty figures in Kent after targets set by the Department for Transport (DfT).
These targets currently under review by the Casualty Reduction Partnership aim to to reduce the numbers of all those killed or seriously injured (KSI) on Kent’s roads by 33% and children killed or seriously injured on Kent’s roads by 40% by 31st December 2020.