Oral Answers to Questions — Road Accidents.

– in the House of Commons on 27th January 1942.

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Captain Duncan:

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he will make a statement concerning the progress of the campaign against road accidents now being undertaken by his Department?

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

Action has been taken under each of the heads recommended in the White Paper on road accidents issued on nth November, and I am glad to say that during the last four months of 1941 there were over 900 fewer fatal accidents than in the corresponding months of 1940—a reduction of nearly 21 per cent. I am sending my hon. and gallant Friend a summary of the many activities being carried on throughout the country to promote safety on the roads.

Captain Duncan:

How long was the special campaign continued?

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

It is being continued until the end of February.

Photo of Sir William Davison Sir William Davison , Kensington South

Do statistics show what is the usual cause of accidents? Is it generally the carelessness of pedestrians or otherwise?

Photo of Mr John Llewellin Mr John Llewellin , Uxbridge

All road users are to blame. There is quite a number of cases of carelessness on the part of pedestrians, of motorists, and of cyclists.