Figures gathered by the Institute of Advanced Motorists revealed that the number of serious road accidents in the Derbyshire area rose by 38 per cent from 2013 to 2014. While this represented the highest increase across England and Wales, motorists from the Manchester area may wish to note that another 32 areas showed an increase in traffic accidents with Leicestershire, Surrey, Wiltshire and Cheshire topping the list. Only 14 out of a total of 43 areas showed a decrease in the number of accidents.
The chief executive of the IAM said that, at a time when cuts were being made in public spending, road safety needed to be the main consideration. The organisation is calling for cars to be designed not only with the safety of the occupants in mind, but also for people outside the car. It has also called for an improvement in plans and incentives to promote road safety as well as a government review into the figures released in its report.