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The government has today launched a consultation exercise seeking views on the targets to be set for reducing road ...
The government has today launched a consultation exercise seeking views on the targets to be set for reducing road casualties beyond the year 2000.

The targets will follow on from that set in 1987 to reduce casualties by a third by the year 2000. This has already been exceeded for both deaths and serious injuries although the level of slight injuries has increased over the same period, during which traffic has increased by 46%.

Government is now seeking views on the kind of targets that might be set for the future to help focus attention on road safety issues and add to the growing momementum for road safety in this country.

The process of setting new targets will involve examination of the type and level of targets which will be attainable but challenging.

Among the future options discussed are targets for casualties per kilometre travelled and for distinct groups such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists who are all vulnerable road users.

The consultation document, setting out the issues involved, is published jointly by the Department of Transport, the Scottish Office and the Welsh Office.

-- The current target is a one third reduction in casualties by the year 2000 compared to the baseline average over the years 1981-85. By the end of 1995 fatalities had fallen 35% and serious injuries by 39%, but slight injuries had increased by 8%. Because the number of slight injuries is much greater than the number killed and seriously injured, the overall reduction in casualties is 4%.

-- Copies of the consultation document are available from: Mr J Jones, Road Safety Division, Zone 2/14, Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DR.

-- The closing date for responses is 15 November.

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