Encouraging results in 2016 call for continued efforts to save

Published Wed, 29/03/2017 - 05:42

 

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, 600fewer than in 2015 and 6,000 fewer than in 2010.

A further 135,000 people were seriously injured onthe road according to Commission's estimates.Following two years of stagnation, 2016 marks the return of a positive downwards trend and over thelast six years, road fatalities have been cut by 19%. While this pace is encouraging, it maynevertheless be insufficient if the EU is to meet its target of halving road fatalities between 2010 and2020. This calls for further efforts from all actors and particularly from the national and localauthorities, 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 somethingpositive to build on. But it's not the figures that worry me the most – it's the lives lost, and the familiesleft behind. Just today we will lose another 70 lives on EU roads and five-times as many will sustainserious injuries! I'm inviting all stakeholders to step up their efforts so we can meet the objective ofhalving 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 gapnarrows every year, those living in the Member States with the highest fatalities rates are still overthree 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 anew common definition, from 16 Member States representing 80% of the EU population. Based on thisdata, the Commission estimates that 135,000 people were seriously injured across the EU.