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Road safety: EU road fatalities fall by 11% in 2010

Brussels, 05 July 2011 - The European Commission has today published new statistics showing that EU road fatalities decreased by 11% in 2010. However, country by country statistics (see table below), show that the number of deaths still varies greatly across the EU. Most countries achieved double-digit reductions in the number of road deaths over the past year, the best ones being Luxembourg (33%), Malta (29%) Sweden (26%) and Slovakia (26%). However there is still a lot of work to be done.

European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for Transport, said: "It is very encouraging that nearly all Member States have managed to significantly reduce their number of road deaths, but there is no room for complacency. A hundred people still die on Europe's roads every day. We have made good progress since 2001 and we have succeeded in saving nearly 100,000 lives. But the number of fatalities and injuries on our roads is still unacceptable. We want to cut the number deaths by half by 2020. For this we will be looking at what kind of cars people drive, where they drive and how they drive."

The attached table – "road fatalities per country" – shows progress under the 2001–10 road safety action plan, with EU-wide figures and a breakdown per country. It includes the most recent figures for 2010.

EU road safety action plan

In July 2010 the Commission adopted challenging plans to reduce the number of road deaths on Europe's roads by half in the next 10 years. Initiatives proposed in the "European Road Safety Policy Orientations 2011-2020" range from setting higher standards for vehicle safety, to improving the training of road users, and increasing the enforcement of road rules. The Commission is working closely with Member States to implement this programme.

Road safety action programme 2011–20:

The Road Safety action programme sets out a mix of initiatives focussing on making improvements to vehicles, infrastructure and road users' behaviour.

There are seven strategic objectives:

  • Improved safety measures for trucks and cars

  • Building safer roads

  • Developing intelligent vehicles

  • Strengthening licensing and training

  • Better enforcement

  • Targeting injuries

  • A new focus on motorcyclists.

Detailed measures for each strategic objective are listed in attached MEMO/10/343.

See also: MEMO/11/483

Road fatalities by country (per million inhabitants)

 Member State

Fatalities by population

Evolution of fatalities

 

2001

2010

2009 - 2010

2001 - 2010

Latvija

236

97

-14%

-61%

Lietuva

202

90

-19%

-58%

España

136

54

-9%

-55%

Sverige

66

28

-26%

-54%

Luxembourg

159

64

-33%

-54%

Slovensko

114

53

-25%

-53%

Éire/Ireland

107

45

-16%

-51%

France

134

62

-7%

-51%

Slovenija

140

68

-19%

-50%

Portugal

163

79

1%

-49%

Deutschland

85

45

-12%

-48%

United Kingdom

61

31

-18%

-47%

Nederland

62

32

-17%

-46%

Belgique/België

145

76

-12%

-44%

Italia

125

66

-6%

-44%

EU

112

62

-11%

-43%

Österreich

119

66

-13%

-42%

Eesti

146

88

20%

-41%

Magyarország

121

74

-10%

-40%

Česká republika

130

76

-11%

-40%

Κύπρος (Kypros)/Kibris

140

75

-15%

-39%

Danmark

81

48

-13%

-39%

Suomi/Finland

84

51

-1%

-36%

Ελλάδα (Elláda)

172

116

-10%

-30%

Polska

145

102

-15%

-29%

България (Bulgaria)

124

102

-14%

-23%

Malta

41

36

-29%

-6%

România

109

111

-15%

-3%

Contacts :

Helen Kearns (+32 2 298 76 38)

Dale Kidd (+32 2 295 74 61)


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