Traffic death toll in Europe down with one fifth
Death toll since 2010 in Europe went down with one fifth, in Belgium the number of people killed in traffic accidents decreased from 77 to 55 but is still higher than the European average. Last year 25.300 people lost their lives in European traffic, or 49 per million inhabitants.
With these figures European roads are ‘the safest in the world’. The world average is 174 deaths per million inhabitants. But that doesn’t mean the EU can rest on its laurels as it has set a target of halving by 2020 the casualties compared to the 30.000 in the year 2010.
Goal is to save lives
“Today’s decrease is probably not enough to achieve this goal”, says European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, so extra measures will be taken. “Goal is clear: safe lives on the European roads.”
A closer look at the figures brings up striking differences. Bulgaria, for instance, has twice as much fatalities in traffic than the European average, in Sweden only 25 people per million inhabitants get killed in a traffic accidents and on the English roads 31 people lost their lives in 2017.
Belgium never top of class
Belgium never was top of its class but traffic safety improved since 2010 to 55 fatalities per million inhabitants last year. The Netherlands, however, do far better with a score of 31 per million, Germany 38, Luxembourg 47 and France with 55 lethal accidents per million inhabitants. In Greece traffic safety is improving significantly, counting 112 fatalities in 2010 against 69 in 2017.