Dark Year for Traffic Deaths Looming ({{commentsTotal}})

The number of people killed in traffic accidents in Estonia during the first four month is four times higher this year compared to the same period last year, with accidents caused by drunk drivers on the increase.

There was no repeat of the traffic-death-free month of March 2013, the first such month since World War II, as 28 people have died in traffic accidents this year already, whereas that figure was eight last year, ETV reported on Saturday.

Mihkel Loide, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, told ERR News today there is no one grand reason for the spike in traffic deaths and inconsistent statistics for such a short period for a nation as small as Estonia is normal. He added that overall, traffic fatalities in the nation have gone down considerably since reindependence.

Police said drivers should be extra vigilant now, as bicycles and mopeds are returning to the streets for summer.