A new road safety website will open up a wealth of life-saving information - says RoSPA

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A new free online bank of key road safety facts and research (www.roadsafetyobservatory.com) has launched today (March 21).

The Road Safety Observatory will provide easy access to independent road safety research for both road safety professionals and members of the public. It will cover a wide range of road safety topics, including fitness to drive, drink driving, seatbelts, driver telematics, child restraints in cars and many others.

The research is presented in varying levels of detail (key facts, summary and a full review for each topic) so that the reader can choose how much detail suits their purpose, and is written in a non-academic style. The Observatory also provides links to the hundreds of research reports on which the reviews have been based for those who want to see the original evidence.

Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at RoSPA, said: “The launch of The Road Safety Observatory marks an important step in making road safety evidence more accessible and summarises important research into plain English.

“It is the first time that research evidence for different road safety topics has been collected and summarised together in one place. It will help increase knowledge of road safety and the evidence behind road safety measures.”

The Department for Transport (DfT) was obligated under the Strategic Framework