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Government cuts spending on road safety campaigns

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Following a freedom of information enquiry by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), it has been revealed that the government cut spending on road safety campaigns from £19 million in 2008/09 to a much smaller £4 million for the period 2011/12.

In other words, the cuts represented a drop in spending of nearly 80 per cent.

The Department for Transport has announced that it plans to spend £3.7 million on road safety in the 2012/13 financial year to be divided down accordingly - £53,000 on cyclist safety, £78,000 on child and teenager road safety, £50,000 on research into young drivers, £1.275 million on motorbike campaigns and £1.685 million on drink-drive campaigns.

IAM director of policy Neil Greig commented: “Right across the public sector road safety is being cut too hard and too quickly, despite the huge returns on investment," referring to the estimate that each fatal accident prevented saves the UK economy £1.7 million.ADNFCR-2576-ID-801533472-ADNFCR

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