1 in 3 adults involved in a road crash or near-miss last year

Have you experienced a crash or near-miss on the roads this year? Road safety charity Brake says you’re not alone…

Tom Harrison
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Posted 21 NOVEMBER 2019

A third of adults have been involved in a crash or near-miss on the UK’s roads in the past year, a startling new survey reveals.

Launching Road Safety Week 2019 (November 18-24), Brake unveiled the alarming statistics in a bid to highlight the very real dangers we all face every day.

As many as 50% of people aged 18-34 claimed involvement in a collision or near-miss over the past 12 months – prompting Brake to call on all road users to ‘Step Up for Safe Streets’.

Unacceptable level of risk

The road safety charity says crashes and near misses have a considerable impact on people’s perceptions of safety.

Those who have experienced an incident may understandably find the streets less welcoming and decide against cycling or walking – modes of transport that, in turn, reduce the level of danger on the roads.

Brake is urging people to play a part in reducing danger on the roads by measures such as keeping within speed limits, never driving after drinking or taking drugs and choosing to walk, cycle or travel by bus whenever possible.

Its director of campaigns Joshua Harris said: “These findings paint an alarming picture of the danger on our roads and yet it's what we're all exposed to, every day, when getting about.

“We shouldn't have to accept this level of risk as part of our daily lives and so we are calling on everyone to 'Step Up' for Road Safety Week and shout out for the solutions that we know can make our roads safe.”

One every 19 minutes

Department for Transport figures show 28,080 people were killed or seriously injured in crashes on UK roads last year, equivalent to one every 19 minutes.

Brake claims every road death and serious injury is preventable and is urging everyone to think about how they can do their bit to inspire others.

Schoolchildren, community groups and employees across the country are taking part in activities during Road Safety Week, helping them learn about the solutions that can eliminate road death and serious injury.

These solutions are part of the “safe systems” approach to road safety and include measures such as 20mph limits in urban areas, segregated cycle lanes and technology that can prevent vehicles from speeding.

Brake polled 2,000 adults for its latest research.