Roads: Accidents

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 23 January 2019.

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Photo of Ellie Reeves Ellie Reeves Labour, Lewisham West and Penge

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to issue public safety campaigns to reduce the number of pedestrians involved in traffic accidents.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Road Traffic Act 1988 gives local authorities the responsibility for carrying out a programme of road safety and to take preventative measures including dissemination of information such as public education campaigns.

The Government wants to see roads which are safe and which meet the needs of all users, including vulnerable road users such as pedestrians. The Government encourages local authorities, schools and the public to use its THINK! road safety educational campaigns and resources, which cover a wide range of issues. These campaigns encourage safer behaviours, so as to reduce the number of people killed and injured.

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