The number of traffic fatalities in Estonia is on a slow decline, and 2014 saw a low in both the number of deaths in traffic accidents and ones where alcohol was a factor in the crash.
In 2014, 78 people in Estonia died in traffic accidents, three less than the year before and the smallest number ever in re-independent Estonia. In 2011, 100 people died in road accidents, according to Estonian traffic statistics.
Similarly, 14 people died in 148 traffic accidents in 2014 where alcohol was a factor in the crash. After a statistical spike of 26 deaths in 167 accidents in 2013, last year's numbers more generally reflect the dropping number of deaths and accidents in the last few years where alcohol played a role.
Eesti Päevaleht reported that there were 3,000 more traffic stops in 2014 compared to the prior year, as police paid more attention to road safety.
The primary causes of death in traffic accidents in Estonia are described by law enforcement as excessive speed of the vehicle and a seat belt not being worn by passengers. In 2007, the Ministry of Interior began emphasizing vehicle speed and passenger seat belt use, and using the confiscation of licenses as a legal penalty more in enforcement.
There were 1,732 injuries in 2014 in traffic accidents. In comparison, there were 1,911 in 2011.
The infographic below breaks down the last four years of Estonian traffic accidents, with a special look at the statistics of those which involved alcohol:
Editor: S. Abel