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Boost rural road safety spend, demands AA

GOVERNMENT EFFORTS to cut traffic fatalities by 40% over the next 10 years will fail unless more is spent on road safety in rural areas, motorists' organisation the AA said this week.

'Most deaths occur on rural roads where investment to reduce accidents has received least emphasis in recent casualty reduction programmes, ' it says in a new report.

'Where you live and what you get' accuses the Government of neglecting eastern and south west England when allocating roads funds. 'The eastern region and the south west spend about half as much as the north east and south east on each kilometre of road, ' says the report.

'Some of these differences are easy to understand - for example the number of bridges and other structures, or the need for complex computer controlled traffic systems - but the differences reflect neither different levels of traffic nor the different amounts of tax raised from motorists.'

The AA says the Government appears to be allocating roads money on the basis of population density rather than as a reflection of road conditions.

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