(1) - Davis. Robert. Death on the Streets, Cars and the mythology of road safety, Leading Edge Press,UK, 1992,

 (2) - Ian Roberts, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health. As quoted by  http://www.roadpeace.org/articles/worldfir.html

(3) - WHO, Global Burden of Disease, Project: 2002, International Injury and Fatality Statistics.


“Road traffic injuries are a major but neglected global public health problem, requiring concerted efforts for effective and sustainable prevention. Of all the systems that people have to deal with on a daily basis, road transport is the most complex and the most dangerous. World-wide, the number of people killed in road traffic crashes each year is estimated at almost 1.2 million, while the number injured could be as high as 50 million – the combined population of five of the world’s large cities. The tragedy behind these figures regularly attracts less media attention than other, less frequent but more unusual types of tragedy. What is worse, without increased efforts and new initiatives, the total number of road traffic deaths world-wide and injuries is forecast to rise by some 65% between 2000 and 2020 (1, 2), and in low income and middle-income countries deaths are expected to increase by as much as 80%. The majority of such deaths are currently among “vulnerable road users” – pedestrians, pedal cyclists and motorcyclists.”

(4) - Carfree Times, Issue 47 - Aug. 07 - http://www.carfree.com/cft/i047.html

“The economic cost to developing economies, in lost productivity alone, is about equal to the amount they receive in foreign aid. About half of the hospital beds are occupied by people struck in road accidents. The human cost is unthinkable.”

(5) - Apparently it is trees that kill people and not cars!

“A growing incidence of fatalities and serious injuries as speeding motorists crash into roadside trees has prompted a campaign to cut them all down as intolerable "Lateral Obstacles." - "France's Tradition of Sylvan Streets Threatened by Road-Safety Campaign", Wall Street Journal, Monday, January 31, 2000.

(6) - Apparently it is iPods that kill people and not cars!

“New York State senator Carl Kruger introduced legislation banning the use of iPods and other electronic gadgets while crossing the street.”

WORLD CARFREE NEWS - Edition no. 41 - March 2007

Interestingly, he seems to have no problem with boom boxes or powerful car stereos...

(7) -  Apparently if you wear dark cloths the car is entitled to kill you ! A depressingly familiar article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette claims, that when a motorist kills someone who is not wearing bright clothes it is the victim’s fault for “being stupid”.

“I don't know about you, but hitting one of these shadowy pedestrians with my shiny little SUV would really put a damper on my spring buzz..... in the case of the night-time strollers in dark clothes, it's a matter of utter thoughtlessness.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - April 05, 2007.  “The Stupid Will Always Need to Be Protected from Themselves” - www.post-gazette.com/pg/07095/775086-152.stm

(8) - Guess what - pedestrian crossings kill people ?

Auto engineers claim that because cars succeed in killing more people on pedestrian crossings than at other locations along a street, “crossings make accidents happen”.  I have been told to be polite here, so with some difficulty I will restrict myself to suggesting that they are not being honest. Auto engineers believe people are a “traffic flow impedance” which are an unacceptable intrusion on their urban racetrack, so they are using the excuse of safety to remove them.

(9) - Forget about making communities safe!.  What is required is “[a] detailed analysis of how children conceptualise danger”.  Is it “safe” to speed three tonnes of steel, equipped with bull bars, through community spaces at speeds of 60 foot per second? clearly not, but when a child is killed we are told it is the child’s fault for failing to “recognise impending danger”.   This I assume is the danger we are usually told doesn’t exist in the first place!.

“Teaching children new strategies or skills will not be successful unless the children's awareness of features in the environment allows appropriate implementation of these strategies. What is required therefore is a detailed analysis of how children conceptualise danger and to what extent they are able to recognise impending danger.”

UK Dept. of transport, Children's Knowledge of Danger (No.10) -

(10) - Asphalt nation, sub title how the automobile took over america and how we can take it back, chapter the landscape of the exit ramp, p69, university of california press, by jane holtz kay.

(11) - WHO, Global Burden of Disease Project: International Injury and Fatality Statistics

“In the United States the automobile is the number one cause of death and injury for young people in the age group 5 to 27”

(12) - Examples of auto industry manipulation of “road safety”....


In 1923, C. W. Price, former head of the national safety council argued that the industry should be more involved in shaping public thinking about road safety...he emphasized that “the whole problem of public safety is still in the formative stage, awaiting the leadership of some group of interests - such as the automobile industries - having more invested capital, wider contacts, greater influence, and more aggressiveness then has thus far been available to the movement” Price acknowledged that there were sound economic reasons for the industry to take over the safety movement: a public reaction against the use of automobiles had set in because of the increasing death toll.
Stan Luger - Corporate Power, American Democracy, and the Automobile Industry


The Automobile manufacturers association formed “The Automobile Safety Foundation (ASF) to carry forward the industries position. The narrow solution it fashioned to the safety problem was guided by the “classic three” - Education, Engineering, and Enforcement.....Hoffmans recommendations conveniently overlooked the role of the vehicle itself, something he admitted years later was a conscious move to avoid harming sales.

Stan Luger - Corporate Power, American Democracy, and the Automobile Industry


“I served as a department representative on the body for a year before learning that the executive director was neither chosen (n)or paid by the federal government, but rather by the industry. This man presided over the expenditure of public funds,....and generally disported himself as the head traffic safety man in government although, in fact he was a paid agent of the interests he ought at least to have been keeping an eye on.”
Daniel Patrick Moynihan referring to his time with the Presidents Committee On Traffic Safety.


“The ways in which the central issue is avoided are so many and varied, their surrounding ideological fog so dense, and the weakness and diversity of the groups suffering from car hegemony so pronounced, that only a radical break from the “road safety” paradigm will do.”

Robert Davis, Death On The Streets.

Until the road safety industry is split from the automobile industry and address’s the danger at source, it will in effect be little more then a political cover for the automobile industry. This is not to say that many people involved in road safety are not genuine but unfortunately that makes little difference.
Every year the industry claims to have made our public spaces a little safer and every year the reality tells a different story. After decades of “road safety”  many roads have gradually been abandoned by vulnerable road users who know them to be death traps.

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