I know this subject has been discussed many times before, but I have uncovered some scary statistics on road deaths here in South Australia.
Essex (my home county) and South Australia have approximately the same population (Essex 1,729,000 South Australia 1,670,000)
Total road deaths 2013 in Essex 41 (22 people in vehicles, 5 motorcyclists, 11 pedestrians, 3 cyclists)
Total road deaths 2013 in South Australia 99 (71 people in vehicles, 11 motorcyclists, 13 pedestrians, 4 cyclists)
It's a pretty big difference!
The scariest fact is that 57 of these road deaths in South Australia are in the country, with 42 in Adelaide.
Obviously comparing Essex with SA is a bit like comparing apples with pears, but Essex also has both rural and built-up areas, as well as large stretches of motorway (M25 and M11).
So my main message, especially to newcomers, is drive carefully and stay safe in 2014.
(The SA government website says the total is 97 but if you add up the sub-totals for individual months it comes to 99!)