15 Nov 2007.
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Only 1 in Ten Million Potential Road Accidents Actually Happen
ABD rubbishes claim by PACTS and GEM Motoring Assist that "the equivalent to the total population of major cities like Nottingham or Belfast are killed or injured on our roads every year".
ABD Spokesman Nigel Humphries said:
"PACTS has used a 'Killed or Injured' figure which combines fatalities, 'serious' injuries such as a broken ankle, and slight injuries such as a scratch, into one figure — as if there is no difference. This shows a callous disregard for the families of people killed in road accidents, as it fails to ensure that road safety efforts are directed where they are most needed."
In 2005, some 3,200 people were killed on Britain's roads. 3,200 fatalities is equivalent to 1.2% of the population of Nottingham¹. If Britain's population was the same as Nottingham, that would be the equivalent of 14 people killed.
 
The number of people killed on Britain's roads each year IS actually roughly that of the population of Nottingham - in 1600². PACTS and GEM are clearly living 400 years in the past.
 
Humphries added:
"It is clear than this absurd subliminal suggestion that whole cities are wiped out on our roads has been dreamed up by spin doctors in an attempt to incite yet more anti-driver and anti-car hysteria. The dictionary used by PACTS and GEM clearly does not contain the word 'Perspective'."
In a country where there are 60 million people going about their business every day, tens of millions of people cross several roads every day, whilst tens of millions of drivers and cyclists travel along many miles of roads.
 
Government Statistics³ state that for the UK population as a whole:
* Average distance walked per year: 189 miles
* Average miles driven per driver per year : 5766 miles
* DVLA says there are some 35 million full driving licence holders.
* Let us say for the sake of argument that there is a risk of ten potential accidents per mile driven (it will be more in urban areas, and less in rural ones)
Potential accidents per year = 5766 * 35000000 * 10 = 2,018,100,000,000. That's 2 trillion as near as makes no difference.
 
Actual accidents per year (2005): 198735 accidents involving injury, 271017 casualties.
 
So of a potential 2 trillion accidents, only around 200,000 actually happened. That's 0.00001%, or 1 in 10 million — thanks to the safety consciousness of all road users.
 
So do 3,200 deaths per year represent 'carnage on our roads' as Britain's anti-car propaganda machine would have us believe? No, it is just an unfortunate consequence of 60,000,000 people going about their business in a crowded isle.
 
Much like hospitals, where 5,000 people die per year from infections they catch in hospitals — so our roads are far safer than our hospitals.
 
ABD Chairman Brian Gregory said:
"The ABD wants to see the establishment of a 'Road Accidents Investigation Branch' that would investigate the causes of road accidents, and publish reports in the public domain, as is the case already for maritime and aeronautical accidents. Only by this means can we hope to identify the true cause of accidents and take appropriate measures to reduce their likelyhood. The government will resist this at all costs because it knows full well that the true facts about accidents will blow their anti-driver propaganda out of the water."

 
 
NOTES FOR EDITORS
 
1 Population of Nottingham at 2001 Census: 266,988
 
2 http://www.localhistories.org/nottingham.html
 
3 Government Statistics: www.statistics. gov.uk
 
4 Hospital infection rates in England out of control:
http://www.bmj.com/cgi/reprint/320/7234/534/a.pdf
 
5 Air Accidents Investigation Branch: http://www.aaib. dft.gov.uk
Marine Accident Investigation Branch: http://www.maib. gov.uk

 
 
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