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Andrew supports 'Tune Into Road Safety'

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Andrew Smith MP is backing the call on the coalition to 'tune into road safety'.

Government figures released in November showed that the number of motorcycling and cycling casualties on our roads has risen in comparison to the same period last year. Cyclist casualties rose 12% while motorcyclist casualties went up by 4%.

Cycling accidents hit a five-year high in Oxford this year, with many of the collisions happening along Cowley Road and at The Plain. Andrew is actively engaging with local residents, cycling experts, East Oxford businesses, and planners to make sure that the investment of nearly £1m in The Plain's redevelopment gives cycling safety proper consideration.

Road Safety Week, coordinated by the road safety charity Brake, is the UK's leading event to promote safer road use. This year Road Safety Week focuses on preventing collisions caused by distractions such as mobile phone use and will be supported by extra police enforcement coordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers.

Alongside Brake, Andrew is pressing the coalition government to focus on road safety and make the issue a national priority.

Andrew Smith MP said: "Worrying increases in the number of casualties for those on two wheels compel us to tune into road safety. If a driver is distracted they are two to three times more likely to crash and cause a serious injury.

"I want Ministers to put the most vulnerable first and reverse their decision to get rid of targets for lowering the number of injuries and fatalities on our roads."

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