Cat Posted February 14, 2005 Share Posted February 14, 2005 A couple of years ago, I remember being struck by the number of black silhouettes on the road-side indicating fatal road accident victims.I haven't seen any of these silhouettes for a while, or at least not in my neck of the woods, but another recent fatal accident here in my village prompted me to do a bit of research.I was shocked, although perhaps not entirely surprised, to discover (according to the most recently available data from the European Commission for Transport) that twice as many people in France are killed as a result of road accidents than in the UK.Although the actual number of road accidents in the UK is twice that of those in France (as far as can be determined, due to different reporting methods) the likelihood of surving a road accident in France is far lower than in the UK. I'm no statistician, and I know that figures can can viewed, and conclusions drawn, in many different ways, but I wonder how many of these deaths could have been avoided by the use of seat-belts. Is it just me, or have others noticed a distinctly cavalier attitude to the use of these by french drivers and passengers?Interestingly, pedestrians are safer here than in the UK, but sadly, not cyclists.Anyone interested in viewing the underlying figures might be interested in taking a look at the site http://europa.eu.int/comm/transport/care/statistics/index_en.htm Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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