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Road fatalities in the EU in 2016: numbers are falling, but too slowly

Road fatalities in the EU 2016
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W As announced by the EU Commission on Tuesday (March 28, 2017), the positive trend has continued for six years. However, it may not be enough to meet the EU's target of halving road deaths between 2010 and 2020. Since 2010, the EU states have only been able to reduce the number of road fatalities in the EU by just under a fifth.

The sharpest decrease in the number of road fatalities has been recorded in Lithuania. In 2015, 83 people per one million inhabitants died there; in 2016 this number fell to 65, which means a decrease of 22 percent. In Germany, the number of road deaths fell by 7 percent from 2015 to 2016. Bulgaria has the highest number of road fatalities per million inhabitants with 99.

The EU estimates the number of seriously injured road traffic to be 135,000 for 2016 based on the data provided by 16 Member States. The majority of the seriously injured are at particularly high risk road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

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