I was looking at the road toll of two comparably sized places where most of the population lives in a city over xmas:
Victoria, Australia, Pop 5.8 million and NZ.
Both have hills, country roads, tourists, crappy roads, snow, sun, congestion, small, medium and large cities.
Victoria has current "Lives Lost" = 252 (they no longer call it a "toll" as a toll is the price you pay to drive on a road, and a life is not a price to pay).
NZ is on 368 as of December 22, and from what I can gather, 7 have died since then.
Makes you think about the level of driving skill....
...also makes you think about the effectiveness of penalties kept low to appease people accusing police of "revenue gathering".
Our fines and penalties are not even close to being high enough. That just encourages contempt for laws. Speed camera penalties need to include demerit points.
Your post popped into my head when I was reading a UK newspaper.
Recent changes there make the fines for using a phone whilst driving (in your hand) equivalent to $5000 AND 50 demerit points in NZ terms!