There are still far too many people dying as a result of collisions on UK roads. Therefore, this forum will look at the practical ways in which roads ..
can be made safer and explore how local councils, emergency services and voluntary organisations can work in partnership to better inform the public about road safety campaigns. Since last year, the maintenance backlog for local roads in England and Wales has increased by 14% to £11.14bn from £9.79bn last year, according to the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey. This, combined with a response to a recent study by Direct Line, which found that 71% of respondents felt that roads had become more dangerous in the past half-decade, demonstrates the increasing concerns amongst local road users for road safety. Deaths and collisions on UK roads are still not decreasing, with drink driving deaths as high in 2018 as they were in 2010. Local authorities, emergency services and charities need to work in partnership with central government to effectively improve safety on UK roads. Working together they can deliver educational road safety campaigns, launch new innovative technology, improve infrastructure, and support the needs of changing road use to ensure the long-term safety of UK roads.