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Heavy odds against motorists

BRUSSELS (AP) – Portugal and Greece have Europe’s most dangerous roads, while Britain’s are among the safest, according to a study released yesterday by European motor clubs. Based on road fatalities per100,000 population, the chances of being killed in Portugal or Greece were about three times higher than in the safest countries, Britain, Sweden and the Netherlands, the survey found. Limited-access highways were the safest Europe-wide, although Portugal again was worst, followed by Italy and Austria. The safest countries again, in order, were Britain, Sweden and the Netherlands. The European Road Assessment Program, a consortium of 14 European motoring organizations, also gave its first safety ratings to specific roads in four countries: Britain, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. The objective is to give road operators and engineers a tool to compare how their highways are performing and what design changes might be needed to lessen the risk of accidents. The gang had recently sold 300 kilos of hashish on the Greek market, while another 400 kilos were initially destined for Britain.