UK road deaths rate lowest in EU

The UK has the lowest rate of road fatalities in the EU, new figures have shown.

The UK saw just 38 deaths per one million people in 2009, according to the European Commission's (EC) figures.

Greece and Romania were rated as the most "dangerous" countries, with 130 deaths per million people each, but Holland and Sweden were not far behind the UK's benchmark, with a figure of 39 each.

The annual road deaths rate in the UK has dropped by 35% in the years between 2001 and 2009, compared to an EU average fall of 36%.

EC vice-president responsible for transport Siim Kallas said: "A hundred people die every day on Europe's roads. We have made good progress since 2001 and we have succeeded in saving nearly 80,000 lives.

"But the number of fatalities and injuries on our roads is still unacceptable. We are looking at what kind of cars motorists drive, where they drive and how they drive and we want to cut road deaths in half by 2020."

The UK's Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents welcomed the plans.

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