So if you do the really-not-at-all-challenging maths, you fund that, for the 200 miles of smart motorway, if the number of deaths was following the average for the entire motorway network, you would expect about 39 deaths over 5 years. And yet the figure they quote of 38 is "significant".Thirty-eight people have been killed on smart motorways in the last five years, the government has told BBC Panorama.
It is the first time that the total number of deaths has been reported.
There are currently 200 miles of smart motorway and another 300 miles are due to be converted by 2025.
There are around 90 deaths per year on the UK's motorway network as a whole, which covers about 2,300 miles of road.
The figure of 38 deaths over five years on the smart motorway network is significant because it only makes up a small proportion of the total miles of road.
So nobody bothered to do the 15-second check on the figures before publishing? Careless and irresponsible. I have already submitted a complaint to the BBC.