Statistically, the UK has one of the best records for road safety in the world. In 1999 the rate of road deaths per 100,000 population was 6.0.
Of the OECD countries, only Sweden, Norway and Holland come close, at 6.6, 6.8 and 6.9 respectively.
The USA rate stands at 15.3.
Australia at 9.3, Japan at 8.2, France at 14.4, and Germany 9.5.
Portugal has the worst record with 21 annual deaths per 100,000 population.
Australia The use of speed cameras has been legal in New South Wales since 1999 to ensure that drivers keep to the legal speed limit. In 1997, the Sydney Harbour Tunnel led trials of the technology and showed that vehicles exceeding the speed limit by more than 10km/h dropped from 63% to less than 1%.
Sweden Sweden has a long-term road safety goal of zero fatalities or serious injuries in road traffic. This goal was approved by the Swedish Parliament in 1997.
The so-called 'Vision Zero' approach to highway design switches emphasis from the ability of the individual road user to negotiate the road to concentrating on how the whole system can operate safely. If there are accidents, designers are required to take further action to counteract people being killed or injured.