Safe System Approach

In 2016, 1,792 people were killed and 24,101 people were seriously injured in reported road accidents in Great Britain.

Around 90% of road crashes involve some element of human error. Although educating road users can reduce the number of road crashes that occur, human error cannot be eradicated. Therefore, road users will still sometimes make mistakes that can lead to collisions. One way in which the number of road users killed or seriously injured can be reduced is by adopting a Safe System approach, so that when crashes do occur, it is less likely that the road users involved will be killed or seriously injured.

Our factsheet explains the Safe System in depth and explores what effects this approach could have on road safety.


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