|15 Nov 2007.
For immediate release.
"PACTS has used a 'Killed or Injured' figure which combines fatalities, 'serious' injuries such as a broken ankle, and slight injuries such as a scratch, into one figure — as if there is no difference. This shows a callous disregard for the families of people killed in road accidents, as it fails to ensure that road safety efforts are directed where they are most needed."In 2005, some 3,200 people were killed on Britain's roads. 3,200 fatalities is equivalent to 1.2% of the population of Nottingham¹. If Britain's population was the same as Nottingham, that would be the equivalent of 14 people killed.
"It is clear than this absurd subliminal suggestion that whole cities are wiped out on our roads has been dreamed up by spin doctors in an attempt to incite yet more anti-driver and anti-car hysteria. The dictionary used by PACTS and GEM clearly does not contain the word 'Perspective'."In a country where there are 60 million people going about their business every day, tens of millions of people cross several roads every day, whilst tens of millions of drivers and cyclists travel along many miles of roads.
"The ABD wants to see the establishment of a 'Road Accidents Investigation Branch' that would investigate the causes of road accidents, and publish reports in the public domain, as is the case already for maritime and aeronautical accidents⁵. Only by this means can we hope to identify the true cause of accidents and take appropriate measures to reduce their likelyhood. The government will resist this at all costs because it knows full well that the true facts about accidents will blow their anti-driver propaganda out of the water."