Saving Lives On Our Roads
Preventing accidents and fatalities on our road network is an absolute priority. According to UK Department for Transport figures for 2011, road deaths increased by 3% for the first time since 2003. In addition, serious injuries among cyclists increased by 16%.
Hitex International Group’s manufacturing, engineering and contracting divisions are focused on putting the safety and well-being of all road users at the core of ongoing development programmes.
Our initiatives include:
- Performance grade reflective road markings to enhance visibility and safety in wet/night conditions, and to provide acoustic/vibratory warnings to inattentive drivers
- Manufacture of Hitex Type 1 High Friction Surfacing; a safety surface treatment providing significant reductions in accident and fatality rates
- Innovative products to permanently and economically repair road surface defects such as cracks, open seams and joints
- Development of coloured and skid resistant safety surfacing to improve and enhance safety of specific areas of the transport network
- Consulting with special interest groups to develop products with specific safety qualities for areas such as cycle lanes and rail crossings
- Sponsorship of road safety education schemes in primary and secondary schools . Hitex is proud to sponsor Safe4kids as part of our commitment to road safety in the UK.
- Development of speed reduction engineering measures for 20mph zones
Road Traffic Injuries- the facts
- Nearly 1.3 million people are killed on the world’s roads each year.
- Up to 50 million people are injured, many remain with life-changing injuries.
- 90% of casualties from road deaths occur in developing countries.
- Annual road traffic deaths are forecast to rise to 1.9 million people by 2020.
- Road traffic injuries are the number one cause of death for young people worldwide.
- In 2015 road traffic injuries became the leading health burden for children over the age of five years in developing countries.
- The economic cost of road injuries to developing countries is at least $100 billion a year.
- Road traffic injuries place an immense burden on hospitals and health systems.
- Road crashes are preventable.