Number of road accidents claiming victims continues to fall

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The number of road accidents claiming victims, nationally, continued to decline in 2011, the assessment of Romanian Police activity last year reveals.

„The evolution registered during 2011 of the main indicators on serious road accidents dynamics confirmed, for the third consecutive year, the continuation of a downward trend of road traffic accidents claiming victims nationwide. Reductions compared to 2008, a peak year in what concerns the number and consequences of events of this kind, being of 13 percent of serious accidents per total, 34.2 percent for persons deceased, 7.15 percent for severely injured people and 4.4 percent for lightly injured people, following serious road accidents „, the cited document informs.

This substantial decrease of road risks was also highlighted by the last PIN report of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), which mentions Romania’s progress in terms of road safety, from 142 fatalities per million inhabitants in 2008, to 96 people killed in road accidents per million inhabitants at the end of 2011.

This is the first time since the early ’90s when the number of road accidents fatalities decreased to around 2,000, in conditions of an entirely different road context, characterized by an exponential increase in the auto park and the number of holders of driving licenses, as well as an undersized and insufficiently modernized infrastructure, plus the low level of traffic education.

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