Worldwide, about 1.3 million people die each year because of road crashes. B.C.'s average of about 350 seems small by comparison and we probably think that we are one of the better examples of traffic safety. Well, think again. Between 1992 and 2005 North America and the Commonwealth of Independent States (the former Soviet Union) showed an increase in the fatality rate. The OECD Asia Pacific, Western Europe and Central and Eastern Europe all showed declines.