International road safety statistics

The United Nations resolution which established the Decade of Action for Road Safety called on Member States to take the necessary steps to make their roads safer, and for the World Health Organization (WHO) to monitor the situation through its Global status report on road safety series.

This report, the fourth in the series, shows that the number of road traffic deaths—1.35 million in 2016—has increased steadily, although the death rate has remained constant relative to world's population and rapid motorisation. The report highlight that the burden is disproportionately borne by pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, and that the situation is worst in low-income countries. The report raises concerns about achieving the target (3.6) set under the Sustainable Development Goals, which calls for a 50% reduction in the number of road traffic deaths by 2020.

IRTAD Road safety annual report

The Australian Government contributes road safety statistics to the International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (also known as the IRTAD group). IRTAD publishes an annual series of road safety reports.



International road safety comparisons

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) publishes an annual series of reports which compare Australia's road safety performance with that of other Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations.