UK Road Safety Performance Disaster
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 release date: 8th April 2004 number: PR113

UK Road Safety Performance Disaster

News: For Immediate Release

Despite DfT claims to the contrary, the UK roads are showing the poorest improvement of any European country, Safe Speed reveals.

Yesterday, the new DfT Report: "Tomorrow's roads - safer for everyone: The first three year review" claimed: 

"But we are particularly concerned that the number of fatalities on our roads each year has not continued to fall since 1998. It is understood that this is a problem across Europe."
But using the DfT's own preferred performance indicator, UK roads fatalities have been the poorest performing of all in Europe (excluding those countries for which data is unavailable) in recent years.
Country Road deaths. 2002 as percentage of 1994-98 average
UK 96.1%
Sweden 96.0%
Finland 95.9%
Spain 94.1%
Luxembourg 92.5%
Denmark 88.5%
France 87.4%
Austria 84.7%
Ireland 84.5%
Netherlands 81.7%
Germany 77.1%
Portugal 64.7%

Paul Smith, founder of the Safe Speed road safety campaign said: "Once again we have caught the DfT attempting to delude the public about their failed road safety policies. Safe Speed has been warning for years that modern road safety policy, based on "speed kills" and speed cameras, is doing far more harm than good.

Paul continues: "Speed camera operations must cease immediately because speed cameras are killing us. They are, in fact, 'weapons of mass distraction'. They are distracting local authorities from implementing proper engineering improvements, they are distracting the Police from their job of policing all road traffic laws, and worst of all they are distracting drivers from proper observation of the road ahead.

Paul continues: "Experienced drivers know instinctively that speed cameras are bad for road safety. Thousands of hours of analysis carried out by Safe Speed proves that drivers are right and that the DfT is dangerously wrong. These latest figures for comparative European performance just add yet more proof."


Notes for Editors


The DfT Report quoted is available from the DfT at:

Our figures, with simple calculations, and verifiable web based data sources are contained in the following Excel 97 spreadsheet: and also zipped:

We have a copyright "Weapons of Mass Distraction" cartoon graphic as follows:

"Weapons of mass distraction"

If you wish to repoduce the graphic, please contact the office. A fee may be payable.

About Safe Speed: 

Since setting up Safe Speed in 2001, Paul Smith, 48, an advanced motorist and road safety enthusiast, and a professional engineer of 25 years UK experience, has carried out in excess of 4,500 hours of research into the overall effects of speed camera policy on UK road safety. We believe that this is more work in more detail than anything carried out by any other organisation. Paul's surprising conclusion is that overall speed cameras make our roads more dangerous. Paul has identified and reported a number of major flaws and false assumptions in the claims made for speed cameras, and the whole "speed kills"  system of road safety. 

The inescapable conclusion is that we should urgently return to the excellent road safety policies that gave us in the UK the safest roads in the World in the first place. 

Safe Speed does not campaign against speed limits or appropriate enforcement of motoring laws, but argues vigorously that automated speed enforcement is neither safe nor appropriate. 

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