INSTITUTION OF Civil Engineers president Mark Whitby has 'yellow carded' the government over its failure to do more to tackle road deaths, likening its inactivity to a reinstatement of the death penalty.
Whitby used the ICE's annual parliamentary reception to further his road death campaign, warning prime minister Tony Blair that voter loyalty is being severely tested.
'I have become very concerned by this government's attitude, ' Whitby told MPs including transport minister John Spellar.
'What we have seen from this government is in effect a reinstatement of the death penalty.
'I offer the government the yellow card because my loyalty, and the loyalty of many, is being tested.'
Whitby referred to recent Department of Transport figures revealing that the number of children killed on the UK's roads rose by 14% in 2001, while the number of children killed in cars soared 50% (NCE 20 June).
'These are shocking statistics against which we should be measuring governments, ' Whitby said.
He urged MP's, Lords and civil engineers to unite and lobby the government hard.
'I cannot overstate the importance of this. There are thousands of children's lives that can be saved between now and the next government.'
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