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    Default Fatal accidents on French roads

    During July, the beginning of the holiday traffic and a very accident prone month, 304 were killed on French roads. That is nearly 300 families mourning their lost ones but is actually the lowest figure for a July in 60 years.

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    What do the authorities blame for this horrific death rate ?

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    Here in Victoria the authorities would confiscate every car saying we are ALL to blame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 85Fuego View Post
    Here in Victoria the authorities would confiscate every car saying we are ALL to blame.
    That's after fineing us all for having cars in the first place.
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    Congratulations to the French authorities (and the French motorists) for attaining this remarkable achievement.

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    Is it good or bad? I don't know. It's always bad if you are among the statistics, regardless of how low the numbers are.

    We had 90 fatalities compared to their 304 in July but to put it into perspective they had a population a whisker under 66 million at end of 2013 and ours was almost 23 million, which equates to 3.9 deaths per million for Australia and they had 4.6 per million of population.
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    I would suspect that we drive many more Km / head of population .

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    An additional curious statistic. The government has installed many more radars and upgraded their sophistication generally and yet the income from them has fallen well below expectations.
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    Default Good that there is some reduction of trauma, one is too many

    Quote Originally Posted by citroenut View Post
    I would suspect that we drive many more Km / head of population .

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    Yes and so hard to try and compare raw statistics across cultural boundaries and background conditions, one could easily make false conclusions.

    Some in depth research traversing the different roads, the wine districts, sampling across weather, times of the day km travelled, need for the travel, recreational driving, relaxed or stressful mix, over or under regulation, coping with combinations of conditions, aging of cars, drivers and critical movements common to collisions, youth and exuberance, expectations, insurance classes involved - and we have only scratched the surface of a myriad of possibilities, but whatever it is that might be responsible for the apparent reduction needs some promotion or extension to continue that improvement.

    Fatalities are probably not the best indicator of all the issues that may be involved, though the trauma is obvious to the families, serious injury collisions provide a wider more representative scoping of commonalities to target.

    Sometimes it is so easy for authorities to use statistics to justify restriction of liberty and practice, even taxing in the name of fixing a problem or selecting a convenient road "Safety" message. "Speed Kills" for instance might be an agenda or catchy phrase rather than targeted safety, though it has a grain of truth!

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