The 2010s saw road safety elevated to a global policy priority in the UN Decade of Action and the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

This was recognition that road danger presents one of the biggest threats to human life worldwide, and one that is “man-made” and growing. Progress against casualty targets was less impressive but international wheels grind slowly.

In UK the number of road deaths changed little, with over 1,800 people killed each year; but the rate per head and per mile travelled fell.

Taking the last ten years for which data are available (2008-2018), there was a decline of 30% in deaths and 20% in serious injuries. However, almost all of that occurred in 2008-2010.

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