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Road Safety & vision in your country
About 1.25 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes (1).
Vision regulations differ among countries (2) and need to be improved.

AUSTRALIA

Population
23 342 553 (1)
Number of vehicles registered
17 180 596 (1)
Number of 2- and 3- wheelers registered
744 732 (1)

ROAD SAFETY OVERVIEW

Without sustained action, road traffic crashes are predicted to become the 7th leading cause of death by 2030 (3).
Key data
Number of road related fatalities
1 192 (1)
Estimated Fatality Rate (per 100,000 people)
5,4 (1)
Target for road fatalities reduction
National road fatality reduction target
Yes, 30% annually (2011–2020) (1)
U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 3.6
Halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents by 2020 (4)

DRIVING & VISION

47% of the population reporting slight visual disorders (5)
13% reduction in crashes in the one year after cataract surgery, compared to the year prior to surgery (6)

VISION LEGISLATION & DRIVING LICENSE

Eyesight regulations to obtain and renew a driving license differ among countries.
2006 international council of
ophtalmology requirement (7)
Your Country requirement (7)
Visual assessment at time of license acquisition
Visual Acuity & Vision Field
Visual Acuity & Visual Field
Visual assessment through life of license
At 65+ years; every 3 years
Before 45;
Every 10 years Between 45+ and 75;
every 5 years After 75+; every year (8)
Minimum acuity for both eyes
Minimum Vision field

SOURCES:

(1) 2015, WHO, Global status report on road safety
(2) 2017, European Council of Optometry and Optics, Visual standards for Driving in Europe
(3) 2017, WHO, Fact sheet N°358
(4) https://www.fiafoundation.org/our-work/road-safety
(5) https://www.specsavers.com.au/help-and-faqs/what-are-the-eyesight-requirements-to-get-a-drivers-licence
(6) 2006, Bilateral Cataract Surgery and Driving Performance », The British Journal of Ophthalmology 90, no 10, J. M. Wood et T. P. Carberry
(7) 2006, Vision Requirements for Driving Safety – International Council of Ophthalmology
(8) 2017, North South Wales government, transport road and maritime services