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Only Norway can beat the British

6th June 1996, Page 8
6th June 1996
Page 8
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

• British drivers are the second safest in the world, slightly behind the Norwegians, new figures released this week by the Department of Transport reveal.

The figures, based on the number of road deaths per 100,000 persons, show that Britain's roads are twice as safe as those in Germany while France has three times the number of fatalities.

It also suggests that you take your life in your hands when

you drive on the roads of Portugal, which has more than six times the number of deaths of Britain.

Better emergency care, a change in attitudes to drink/driving and advances in vehicle design have all played their part in reducing the numbers killed on the roads to the lowest level since records began, according to the road associations.

II 3,621 people were killed on Britain's roads in 1995.


Organisations: Department of Transport

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