In 2005, Australia Ranked 7th best out of 15 nations (OECD nations) for road deaths per 100 million vehicle kilometres travelled (0.8 deaths). That might sound good, but in 2004 Australia ranked 4th and in 2003 it was 3rd.
What has happened in those few years that have caused this trend? The government has little to hide behind and its obvious that the new state (and federal) government's road safety agenda is failing - badly.
If we compare Australia to a greater pool of nations, we are ranked 11th. Nations performing better than Australia (8 road deaths per 100,000 population in 2005) were:
- Netherlands (4.6),
- Norway (4.9),
- Sweden (4.9),
- Great Britain (5.5),
- Switzerland (5.5)
- Denmark (6.1),
- Japan (6.2),
- Iceland (6.3),
- Germany (6.5)
- Finland (7.2).
Full table :
Between 2004 and 2005 there was a seven per cent fall in the developed nations median road death rate per 100,000 population, but Australian’s rate rose two per cent.
There are lots and lots of data that you can find here, but it all goes to show the current road safety policy is failing. Only yesterday we wrote about higher not deterring motorists from committing further driving offenses.
If you are interested in learning a new approach to road safety, you can do yourself a favour and check out RoadSense.com.au - an non profitable organization outlining the facts, based on Government data, as to how and why the current policy has failed, how we are being mislead (speed kills) and what needs to be done to save lives on our roads.