EU Road Fatalities Down By 11 Per Cent in 2010

The European Commission has released statistics which show EU road fatalities fell 11% in 2010.

The results still show varying results when comparing country to country, but most countries achieved reductions in the number of deaths over the past year. On top of the results are Luxembourg (33%), Malta (29%) Sweden (26%) and Slovakia (26%).

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."

in July 2010, the Commission adopted plans with a target to reduce deaths on Europe's roads by half in the next ten years. Initiatives presented in the "European Road Safety Policy Orientations 2011-2020" include setting higher standards for vehicle safety, 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 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%
Espana 136 54 -9% -55%
Sverige 66 28 -26% -54%
Luxembourg 159 64 -33% -54%
Slovensko 114 53 -25% -53%
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 145 76 -12% -44%
Italia 125 66 -6% -44%
EU 112 62 -11% -43%
Osterreich 119 66 -13% -42%
Eesti 146 88 20% -41%
Magyarorszag 121 74 -10% -40%
Ceska republika 130 76 -11% -40%
Kypros 140 75 -15% -39%
Danmark 81 48 -13% -39%
Suomi/Finland 84 51 -1% -36%
Ellada 172 116 -10% -30%
Polska 145 102 -15% -29%
Bulgaria 124 102 -14% -23%
Malta 41 36 -29% -6%
Romania 109 111 -15% -3%
5 July 2011 Staff
 

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