|London, 6th Aug 2002.
For immediate release.
Fatalities in Wales rose from 169 in 2000 to 187 in 2001, an increase of 18 (11%). Serious injuries fell from 1,652 to 1,535, a fall of 117 (7%). Combined KSI figure fell from 1,821 to 1,722, a fall of 99 (5.4%).
The ABD's Malcolm Heymer, a retired Highways Engineer, explained:
"The KSI (Killed or Seriously Injured) figure combines fatalities with serious injures - as though there were no significant difference. This contrived figure allows them to make the number of fatalities seem worse than it is, whilst masking any true rise in fatalities which might expose the failure of road safety policy. If the number of fatalities goes down, and the "KSI" figure goes up, the fatalities figure will be quoted to claim that things have got better; but if the "KSI" figure goes down, and fatalities increase, the KSI figure will be quoted to claim that things have got better. This trick allows them to use exactly the same data to claim that things have got better or worse, depending on what policy they want to justify."Despite the appalling increase in fatalities, Brunstrom crassly claimed that Wales was well on the way to reaching the government's target of a 40% reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured by 2010.
Brunstrom admitted that there used to be more police patrols, but claimed that casualties were higher at that time. He conveniently neglected to mention that accidents were reducing because of the efforts of police traffic officers, and that this reduction continued until speed cameras invaded the country.
ABD spokesman, Nigel Humphries said:
"Delegating road safety to roadside mugging machines has clearly failed in Wales. Speed cameras do not spot dangerous drivers unless they exceed the speed limit at the camera. The introduction of speed cameras and relentless persecution of safe drivers, coupled with a reduction in police patrols that can spot dangerous drivers, has seen the end of over 30 years of improving road safety."
ABD Chairman Brian Gregory added:
"It seems that Mr Brunstrom's support for speed cameras has become so fanatical that he is content to overlook an extra 18 people dying on Welsh roads. The ABD wants to see our roads patrolled by an adequate number of properly trained police traffic patrols, something which is clearly not going to happen whilst Mr Brunstrom retains any power within the police."