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Local authorities are blaming government austerity cuts for possible decrease in road safety. In a recent report from the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety it has been revealed that many local councils are worried about budget cuts putting lives at risk.
Some two thirds of local authorities in England alone have seen reductions in the budget assigned to areas of road safety in the last year and slightly over 60% have reported reduced staffing levels. Half of those local authorities asked felt that factors such as staffing levels, finance and organisation had put their statutory duty to promote road safety at risk.
A representative from the Council commented that the report showed the austerity measures had clearly put lives at risk. The report also suggested that despite a significant drop in road deaths in recent years the fact that last year saw a slight rise meant that it another rise in fatalities was very likely this year also.
The Road Safety Minister was adamant that road safety was very much a priority in the Government. He commented that they were attempting to target the most dangerous drivers which would be likely to cause a reduction in road accidents and deaths. In addition, more emphasis was being put on young driver education right from the start which would eventually improve the habits of the general driving population in later years.