The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has called for greater focus on ensuring better road safety across the UK in the next 12 months.
It comes after figures published by the Department for Transport (DfT) revealed that, in 2011, Great Britain saw a three per cent increase in the number of road deaths.
This represents the first time in eight years that an increase has been recorded, with death toll numbers rising from 1,850 in 2010 to 1,901 in 2011.
More alarmingly still, the number of child deaths rose by nine per cent from 55 in 2010 to 60 in 2011, with the number of child casualties (deaths, serious injuries and slight injuries) remaining at 19,474.
Pedestrian deaths rose 12 per cent over the year to a total of 453, with the number of serious injuries incurred within this group rising five per cent to 5,454.
While the number of cyclists killed fell by four per cent from 111 to 107 in 2011, the number of serious injuries rose 16 per cent to 3,085 with serious motorcyclist injuries also up ten per cent to 5,247 for the year.
Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at RoSPA, expressed the group's concerns that "reduced public spending on road safety, especially cuts to local authority and road policing budgets, may be partly to blame".
“It is crucial that the government demonstrates strong leadership by examining what more it can do to help local authorities, the police and other bodies involved in road safety to refocus and reinvigorate their services."
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