Given that there were nearly 26,000 people killed on Europe’s roads in 2015 the aim to achieve zero deaths is therefore symbolic, but the hoped-for publicity should help to focus minds on this tragic waste of life. If we turn our thoughts to home though we can consider whether a day without a fatality could happen in the GB*?
There were 1,732 road deaths in GB in 2015, a little under 5 per day so there is a chance that one or more days per year could feature zero deaths. Although it’s impossible to look at deaths on individual days in MAST, we can interrogate the database that lies beneath it. After a few minutes it was possible to identify four days in 2015 when no one died on GB roads, 17th January, 12th March, 9th June and 22nd October. That roughly means that there is a one-in a hundred chance of zero deaths occurring on GB roads today.
There is however seasonal variation in road deaths and it is possible in MAST to look at specific months and indeed days of the week. So I had a look at the statistics yesterday to see what the trends were for fatal casualties on Wednesdays in September since 2004.