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Dated: 17 September 2010

UK Has the Safest Roads In Terms of Fatal Crashes


The British branch of the popular automotive news site, Autoblog, recently released a story detailing that the roads in the UK have been crowned the safest. This all comes from an international report, by the International Transport Forum, which compared the amount of fatal crashes year on year over the last decade.

The UK came top of the pile as we had the least fatal crashes per 100,000 inhabitants. With a rate of just 3.8, the UK was marginally better than both Sweden and the Netherlands, who came second equal, with a rate of 3.9. The worst country was Malaysia, with 23.8 deaths per 100,000.

The report also focused on the change in the number of fatalities year on year. It was good news for the UK once again who saw an overall drop, over the decade, of 35%. That’s an average decrease of 4.6% every year. The three worst countries that actually saw a rise in the number of fatal crashes were Argentina, Cambodia and Malaysia.

Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Rospa) was quoted on the Autoblog website as saying, "Although a great deal of progress has been made on reducing road deaths and injuries, the fact that 2,337 people were still killed on UK roads in 2009 means it be wrong to see road safety as a 'job well done'. With road safety budgets being cut, the current challenge is to look for new approaches to ensure that further casualty reductions are achieved."

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