Not Saussure

September 28, 2006

As if!

Filed under: Politics, Spin, UK — notsaussure @ 6:45 pm

Telegraph | News | Government is accused of using ‘dodgy data’

Not WMD this time;

The Department of Transport released figures claiming that grave injuries in road accidents last year fell 7 per cent to 28,954.

But critics said the figures were based on police reports, rather than being obtained from hospital accident and emergency departments. This meant the number of serious injuries reported by Whitehall was artificially low.

The Government has set itself a target of bringing the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads to 40 per cent of the 1994-8 average by 2010.

According to the figures released today, that tally had dropped by 33 per cent. But the Government was overstating the success of its road safety programme to justify the continued use of controversial speed cameras.

Is anyone really surprised, though?  Mind you, given the government’s preference for believing what the police tell them (eventually), possibly they really do think that police reports are more reliable guide to injuries caused by road traffic accidents than is anything the hospitals have to say.

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