An analysis of the overall traffic and accident situation in each of 16 European countries carried out by the European Road Assessment Programme (EuroRAP), shows that the UK has the safest roads in Europe.

 
Road fatalities per 100,000 population

Portugal  21
Greece  20.2
Spain  14.6
France  14.4
Belgium  13.7
Luxembourg  13.5
Austria  13.4
Italy  11
Ireland  11
Denmark  9.7
Germany  9.5
Netherlands  6.9
Sweden  6.6
United Kingdom  5.9

 
This difference is even better when we look at motorways only.
 
Motorways — Deaths per billion vehicle-km.

Portugal  14.1
Italy  12.8
Austria  8.9
Belgium  7.2
France  5.4
Finland  5.0
Germany  4.5
Denmark  4.3
Ireland  4.0
Switzerland  3.3
Netherlands  3.3
Sweden  3.2
United Kingdom  2.0

 
Compare this with motorway usage. Due to lack of government investment in sufficient motorway routes, the UK's motorways are significantly busier than other european motorways. Despite this our motorways are still by far the safest.
 
Motorway usage
(Average daily vehicle flow)

United Kingdom  64,900
Netherlands  52,400
Germany  45,800
Belgium  44,600
Switzerland  38,200
France  29,400
Denmark  26,700
Italy  26,000
Ireland  26,000
Austria  25,600
Portugal  25,100
Sweden  17,700

 
Our motorway safety is clearly excellent compared with other countries, and our relative A-road safety is equally good.
 
A-class roads — deaths per billion vehicle-km
(Those roads that are immediately below motorway standard — Not all countries supply this data.)

Austria  22.9
France  20.6
Belgium  19.9
Germany  19.5
Netherlands  17.5
Denmark  15.5
Ireland  14.0
Finland  12.2
United Kingdom  6.2

 
Once again this excellent road safety record exists despite our A roads being busier than other European countries due to the UK's lack of investment in new roads and bypasses.
 
A-class roads usage
(Average daily vehicle flow)

United Kingdom  17,200
France  10,100
Germany  9,500
Netherlands  8,100
Belgium  7,400
Finland  3,200


 
When the UK clearly has by far the safest roads in Europe, we have to ask why we also have the most anti-car government in Europe, if not the world.

The British government spends millions of pounds of public money on propaganda which gives the impression that our roads are the worst in Europe.

To implement it's so called "road safety" policy, it imposes speed cameras, traffic calming, speed humps, unreasonably low speed limits, bus lanes, road narrowing, and complete road closures. It covers our roads and pavements with a shambolic mess of white lines, red and green splodges, textured surfaces and obstructions.

Despite our motorways being the safest in Europe by a country mile, the government pig-headedly refuses to raise the utterly discredited 70 mph motorway speed limit.

We are not saying that road safety in the UK cannot be improved, but the way to achieve that is clearly to praise drivers for being the safest in Europe, and to encourage excellence through education. Battering drivers with an endless succession of 'sticks' may be something favoured by the likes of John Prescott, but people do not take kindly to such aggression and abuse of power.


 
Further reading:

As if our record against European countries is not good enough, take a look at this graph from the German government's Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen which shows that our roads are the safest in the world.


 
Source: www.eurorap.org. Based on the most recent 3 years worth of data up to 2000.
The UK's roads became the safest in Europe around 1980, overtaking Sweden. This achievement occured over a decade before speed cameras appeared on our roads.