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eath on the Streets by
Robert Davis makes sobering reading for those seriously concerned about road safety Up to 20 million people have died in road accidents worldwide since records began in 1926, with Britain accounting for 400,000 deaths and 16 million injuries. Most shocking is the youth of many victims—half of all male deaths in the 15-19 age group in the UK are caused by road traffic accidents. The author argues for a reduction in car use, "massive" increases in taxation on petrol and annual car taxes, and tougher penalties for dangerous driving. He also advocates seeing public transport as a social neccessity rather than a "cost effective business to be run where possible". The villain of the piece is clearly the private motorist, with lorries making few appearances in the text. A challenging read, available from Leading Edge Press and Publishing, Hawes, North Yorks, phone (0969) 667566.