With another year over the road toll is once again in focus, especially after the toll in 2013 was the lowest in over 60 years. In total 297 people lost their lives as a result of road crashes which is up from 253 in 2013. The result is still considerably down on 1970’s and 80’s where more than twice as many died on our roads. Data for injuries is not yet available however I would expect it to show a similar trend. The historical results for deaths and injuries are below.
Of course in the past there were less vehicles people and vehicles on the roads, the graph below shows the number of deaths per 100,000 people and per 10,000 vehicles.
So based on 2014 data we sit at about 6.6 deaths per 100,000 people. As a comparison, Sweden which manages to achieve one of lowest (if not the lowest) road toll in the world has around 3 deaths per 100,000 people. If we could get to that level that would see our current toll more than halved.