Road safety charity Brake has called for a raft of changes to road traffic laws.
Addressing MPs, the charity’s chief executive Julie Townsend reiterated calls for a reduced drink drive limit and made the case for 20mph speed limits being introduced in all built-up areas.
Other measures suggested included tougher penalties for those who use mobile phones while driving and changes in the way that people learn to drive.
Her comments follows the news that the number of road casualties across the UK has risen for the first time in 17 years. The number of fatal incidents increased by four per cent.
Ms Townsend told a parliamentary reception that more must be done to make sure people are safe.
“If you travel by foot or bike in the UK you are far more likely to be killed or injured than in many of our European neighbours,” she said.
“Global research and experience shows that measures like graduated driver licensing, 20mph limits and a lower drink drive limit are effective in preventing loss of life, and making our streets and communities safer places.
“We are appealing to the Government to respond to the rise in casualties and seize the opportunity of preparing a new road safety strategy, making clear that ultimately, we should be moving towards zero road deaths and injuries and ensuring everyone can get around without fear or threat.”
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