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Road Safety: Encouraging results in 2016 call for continued efforts to save lives on EU roads

La Valette, 28 March 2017

The 2016 road safety statistics released today by the Commission show a drop of 2% in the number of fatalities recorded across the EU last year.

The 2016 road safety statistics released today by the Commission show a drop of 2% in the number of fatalities recorded across the EU last year. 25,500 people lost their lives on EU roads in 2016, 600 fewer than in 2015 and 6,000 fewer than in 2010. A further 135,000 people were seriously injured on the road according to Commission's estimates.

Following two years of stagnation, 2016 marks the return of a positive downwards trend and over the last six years, road fatalities have been cut by 19%. While this pace is encouraging, it may nevertheless be insufficient if the EU is to meet its target of halving road fatalities between 2010 and 2020. This calls for further efforts from all actors and particularly from the national and local authorities, which deliver most of the day-to-day actions, such as enforcement and awareness-raising.

Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said ''Today's statistics are an improvement and something positive to build on. But it's not the figures that worry me the most – it's the lives lost, and the families left behind. Just today we will lose another 70 lives on EU roads and five-times as many will sustain serious injuries! I'm inviting all stakeholders to step up their efforts so we can meet the objective of halving the number of road deaths between 2010 and 2020".

The chances of being killed in a crash vary from a Member State to the other. Although the gap narrows every year, those living in the Member States with the highest fatalities rates are still over three times more likely to be killed on the road than those living in the countries with the lowest rates.

2016 was also the first time the Commission published data on serious road traffic injuries based on a new common definition, from 16 Member States representing 80% of the EU population. Based on this data, the Commission estimates that 135,000 people were seriously injured across the EU. Vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists accounted for a large proportion of seriously injured people.

 

Road Safety Conference and Informal Council in Malta

In response to the recent slowdown in reducing road fatalities, the Commission is holding together with the Maltese Presidency, a Stakeholder and Ministerial Conference in Malta on 28 and 29 March 2017.

The two-day event brings together road safety experts, stakeholders and policy-makers and is an opportunity to discuss the current state of play in road safety, and the way forward to reduce the number of road deaths and serious injuries. A Declaration on Road Safety will be endorsed during the Ministerial Conference.

 

For more information

MEMO: 2016 road safety statistics: What is behind the figures?

Commission's road safety work and EU road safety statistics

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Annex

Road deaths per million inhabitants

Preliminary country by country statistics for 2016[1]

 

2010

2015

2016

2015 - 2016[2]

2010 - 2016

Belgium

77

65

56

-13%

-24%

Bulgaria

105

98

99

0%

-9%

Czech Republic

77

70

59

-16%

-23%

Denmark

46

31

37

18%

-18%

Germany

45

43

39

-7%

-12%

Estonia

59

51

54

6%

-10%

Ireland

47

36

40

13%

-11%

Greece

112

73

75

2%

-35%

Spain

53

36

37

2%

-31%

France

64

54

54

0%

-13%

Croatia

99

82

73

-12%

-28%

Italy[3]

70

56

54

-5%

-21%

Cyprus

73

67

54

*

-23%

Latvia

103

95

80

-16%

-28%

Lithuania

95

83

65

-22%

-37%

Luxembourg

64

64

52

*

-6%

Hungary

74

65

62

-6%

-18%

Malta

36

26

51

*

69%

Netherlands[4]

32

31

33

4%

3%

Austria

66

56

49

-11%

-23%

Poland

102

77

79

2%

-23%

Portugal

80

57

54

-10%

-40%

Romania

117

95

97

1%

-19%

Slovenia

67

58

63

8%

-6%

Slovakia

65

57

50

-12%

-22%

Finland

51

49

45

-6%

-8%

Sweden

28

27

27

2%

-1%

United Kingdom[4]

30

28

28

1%

-4%

EU

63

51.5

50

-2%

-19%

 

[1] The 2016 figures are based on provisional data; there might be minor changes in the final data for individual countries.

[2] Percentage change in the number of fatalities

[3] Estimation based on data from January to June

[4] Estimation based on data from January to September

* Statistically not significant

 

 

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