Road fatalities: Europe misses its target

Road fatalities: Europe misses its target

In the previous year, from provisional figures European Union Commission According to 4,000 fewer people killed in traffic accidents than in the previous year, a total of 18,800 people died in road traffic. This corresponds to a “drastic annual reduction of 17 per cent”, the Brussels authority said.

It said that the role of the Kovid-19 epidemic cannot be measured. The low traffic volume had a significant impact on the number of road deaths. EU Transport Commissioner Edina Valen said that EU roads are still the safest in the world. “Nevertheless, we are behind our target for the last decade and need joint measures.”

Between 2010 and 2020, there was a 36 percent drop in the number of road deaths. Thus the European Union’s goal of a 50 percent reduction has been missed.

In college Greece With a 54 percent reduction it was possible to exceed this goal. Then followed Croatia, Spain, Portugal, Italy And Slovenia With a decrease from 44 to 42 percent. As a result, nine member states recorded a decrease of 40 percent or more. Germany Remained well below this mark, the change in this country was from zero to 25 percent.

Safest roads According to the European Union Commission, Sweden has. Compared to 2010, 18 traffic per million inhabitants were fatal, a decrease of 29 percent. In Germany this figure was fatal with 33 traffic per million inhabitants.

In cities, so-called vulnerable road users are particularly at risk. The European Union Commission said that around the European Union, about 70 percent of road deaths in urban areas are pedestrians, motorcycles, cyclists and other less protected people.

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But two European capitals in particular have achieved significant goals on the issue: in Helsinki and Oslo, not a single pedestrian or cyclist was killed in road traffic in 2019, according to the commission. “Both cited the speed limit as an important factor in this progress.”

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