International pedestrian Road Transport Safety performance

Australias pedestrian fatalities with other OECD nations between 1990 and 1997. The comparisons are drawn taking into account the population and level of motorisation of the countries reported. Pedestrian fatalities per 100 000 population The number of road deaths for every 100 000 population is a measure of the public health risk associated with road use. Table 1 within the report shows that pedestrian road safety in Australia compares unfavourably on this basis, with a number of OECD nations.

Australia had 1.78 pedestrian road fatalities per 100 000 population in 1997, slightly above the median for the OECD as a whole (1.68). Within Australia, in 1997, Tasmania had the lowest rate with no pedestrian fatalities per 100 000, whilst the Northern Territory had the highest rate at 9.09 per 100 000. Only in Tasmania, ACT and South Australia was the pedestrian fatality rate below the OECD median.