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Hit-and-run rising: Thousands of pedestrians and cyclists being injured each year

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Figures from Mayor’s office reveal growing number of injuries and deaths

Does London have a hit-and-run problem? Figures from the Mayor’s Office have revealed a shocking 16% rise in hit-and-run collisions involving pedestrians and a 13% rise in hit-and-runs involving cyclists.

In total 1,212 pedestrians were injured in hit-and-runs, in the past year, four fatally, and 132 suffered serious injuries.

Meanwhile 1,014 cyclists were victims of hit-and-run drivers, including two fatal collisions.

Speaking to the Standard, Baroness Jones, the Green Assembly member who first uncovered the figures said that there was a growing “culture of lawless roads” in London.

She said:  “Something has gone very wrong when a fifth of the injuries to pedestrians and cyclists involve a failure to stop. There are far too many arrogant drivers who think they can get away with injuring someone, just as they think they can get away with breaking the rules on speeding, jumping red lights and using mobile phones.”

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