OECD report ranks Ireland’s roads among safest

THERE are fewer people dying in road accidents in this country than most of the other OECD countries, a report shows.

The Road Safety Authority has had major campaigns in place to reduce road deaths in the past decade and mortality rates from road accidents now stand at 7.8 deaths per 100,000 compared to an Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) average of 12.9. In the United States, the mortality rate stands at 21.1 per 100,000 people.

Greek and Italian roads also look to be particularly dangerous with mortality rates of 22.6 deaths and 15.3 deaths per 100,000 respectively.

Overall road deaths across the OECD have fallen by 42% in the past 15 years up to 2009 while in Ireland they have fallen by 57% and in Portugal by a remarkable 63%, according to the OECD’s Health at a Glance report.

Huge campaigns have also been in place across this country to lower our suicide rate. Latest figures show that we are on par with the OECD average with a suicide rate of 11.3 per 100,000 people. The OECD average is 18 per 100,000.

In Russia, this figure stands at a remarkable 26.5.

This latest report shows that deaths from heart disease have fallen dramatically with rates falling by more than half in many countries. However, obesity rates have doubled and tripled since the 1980s.

The statistics show that Irish mortality rates from breast cancer were among the highest in the OECD countries standing at 26.1 per 100,000 compared to an OECD average of 20.1.

In Britain, the figure stands at 23.2, while Spain is just 16.4.

Lung cancer mortality rates are at 50 deaths per 100,000 here compared to an OECD average of 52. In France, Italy and Spain, they stand at 57,58 and 60 respectively.

Overall Irish cancer mortality rates rank at 218 deaths per 100,000 compared to an OECD average of 208. In Eastern European countries like the Czech and Slovak Republic, they are as high as 254 and 263. Prostate cancer rates are also high in Ireland at 25.9 compared to an OECD average of 22.4.

Irish deaths from heart disease stands at 137 per 100,000 compared to an OECD average of 117. In the Czech Republic and Estonia, this stands at 207 and 282, while in France it stands at 50 and in Japan, just 38.

Stroke rates in Ireland are currently at 41 deaths per 100,000 compared to an OECD average of 54

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