Estonia in the Middle When It Comes to Road Deaths in the EU
Last year, there were about 52 road deaths in Europe per million inhabitants on average. In Estonia, the number was 61, which means it shares the 15th and 16th spot with Slovenia.
The number of people killed in traffic decreased last year: according to initial data, the decrease was 8 percent in Europe on average and 7 percent in Estonia. From 2010, the number of traffic deaths has fallen by 17 percent, which means that about 9000 lives have been saved, ETV reported on Monday.
EU has taken a strategic goal to reduce the number of deaths by half in the period 2010-2020.
European Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said the continuing decrease is a good sign but there are still 70 people killed in traffic daily, and efforts must be made on all levels to improve road safety in Europe.
The countries with the smallest number of traffic deaths were the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark with about 30 deaths per million inhabitants.
Latvia needs special attention with its 86 deaths per million inhabitants.
The situation in Poland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Lithuania and Greece has improved but their numbers are still far above the EU average.
Another worrying aspect is the situation of more vulnerable road users. The number of deaths of pedestrians is falling more slowly than expected and the number of cyclists killed has even increased recently.