Can we make our roads as safe as Sweden’s?

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Can we make our roads as safe as Sweden’s?

Postby Aushiker » Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:36 pm


The Economist reported this week that the number of road deaths in Sweden has fallen by four-fifths since 1970. Only three in every 100,000 Swedes die on the roads each year, “compared with 5.5 per 100,000 across the European Union, 11.4 in America and 40 in the Dominican Republic.”

All western countries have reduced road deaths substantially over the last 40 or so years, but Sweden is one of a handful of out-performers. One statistic in particular caught the attention of social media: only one child aged under 7 years died on Swedish roads in 2012, compared with 58 in 1970.

The Economist says Sweden’s success is down to a culture of zero-tolerance for road deaths. The Vision Zero program instituted in 1997 prioritised safety in the design and management of roads over speed or convenience.

More at the Urbanist.

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Re: Can we make our roads as safe as Sweden’s?

Postby RonK » Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:32 pm

I don't think there is any acceptable level of road deaths, so Vision Zero should be the aim everywhere.

However I suspect that we won't be able to cherry-pick the good bits out of Swedish culture without adopting the rest.

To achieve these results the Swedes have made massive investments in road infrastructure, but the cost is reflected in the very high rates of tax. Apparently Swedes don't mind paying high taxes because there is a perceived equity and fairness about the way they are levied. Sweden is a very progressive society which has been able put aside much of what divides Australian society.
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Re: Can we make our roads as safe as Sweden’s?

Postby il padrone » Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:26 pm

Have you read the latest about how much tax Apple pays (or rather doesn't pay)?? About 50c in every $1,000 seems reasonable enough..... no?

Gotta wonder how Apple ever does any business in Sweden :evil:
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Re: Can we make our roads as safe as Sweden’s?

Postby warthog1 » Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:25 pm

No. We are a stupid country.
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Re: Can we make our roads as safe as Sweden’s?

Postby exadios » Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:59 pm

The graph and the words do not go together.
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