Road accidents are of major concern to many people. Although casualties have been falling over the last few years, it is not at all clear whether this has been due to road engineering, improved vehicles (e.g. in-
It is deeply regrettable that politicians seem to grab at the simple, if expensive solutions, as a quick fix or panacea to road safety problems. In reality the issues are often complex and expert advice is often ignored in the search for a simple solution. The law of unintended consequences also applies -
There are many misconceptions about the number of accidents, the causes of accidents and how to reduce them. This presentation given by Roger Lawson to the Chislehurst Society in the London Borough of Bromley in 2016 covers some of those topics: Understanding-
It also covers how to look at particular accidents and their causes (use of Crashmap site and Stats19 data) instead of jumping to conclusions as is so often done.
We have published a number of articles on the topical issues of 20 MPH speed limits and Speed Cameras. These subjects are covered on separate pages here:
Road safety is always a topical issue and there are likely to be more articles on the subject on the London Blog -