Belgium: 50 fewer traffic deaths during lockdown
From mid-March to the end of April, the period of the lockdown in Belgium, 50 fewer deaths and 4 000 fewer injuries were reported compared to the same period in other years. This is according to an estimate from the traffic institute Vias.
68% fewer injury accidents
Due to the lockdown measures because of the coronavirus, there is less traffic on the road. Vias has estimated the consequences of six weeks of lockdown on the number of traffic casualties.
An average of 74 people were killed and 5 894 injured between 15 March and 30 April in 2017, 2018, and 2019. In the same period this year, 24 fatalities and 1 877 injuries are expected. This means 4 017 injury accidents and 50 fewer fatalities.
Vias emphasizes that these are still provisional figures. It is still waiting for more final figures from the first quarter to make a final assessment of the impact of the lockdown on road safety.