In your Comment column (NCE 21 March), you report the ICE President 'highlighting the UK's streets as the most dangerous in Europe'. It would be interesting to learn the justification for such a remark.
In Road Accidents Great Britain: 2000 - The Casualty Reports there are a number of international comparisons that show, in road traffic accidents, of 20 European countries:
lUK has the lowest death rate.
lUK has the 6th lowest pedestrian death rate.
lUK has the 2nd lowest child death rate.
lUK has the 11th lowest child pedestrian death rate.
Even the worst of the comparisons puts the UK only half way down the list. In terms of death rate, the UK can not be described as having the most dangerous streets in Europe.
Much more needs to be done to reduce injury to the more vulnerable and to remove the causes of road traffic accidents without being sidetracked by the current obsession with speed which only affects the outcome of accidents caused by other factors.
Michael Elliott, 22, Bruce Avenue, Dunblane, FK15 9JB.