Below is a map of road deaths per million inhabitants in Europe in 2016. Can you guess the rate for Australia?
In Australia it is 54. In Western Australia it is 79.
That puts us on par with Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece and Bulgaria. If Australia had the political will to bring the rate down to less than 30 that would save 725 lives every year in Australia (and 75 in WA). It would also reduce serious injury crashes by around 6,000 every year in Australia.
Is it too much to ask just one politician in Australia to respond and make this his or her mission for 2018?
If you know one - please send them this link. There is a wealth of experience and expertise in the engineering and other professions to help achieve this target. We just need the right environment and culture to work in.
David Wilkins, Principal & Senior Traffic Engineer.