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EU road fatalities fall by 11% in 2010

The European Commission has published new statistics on 5 July showing that EU road fatalities decreased by 11% in 2010. However, country by country statistics show that the number of deaths still varies greatly across the EU.

Most countries achieved double-digit reductions in the number of road deaths over the past year, the best ones being Luxembourg (33%), Malta (29%) Sweden (26%) and Slovakia (26%). However there is still a lot of work to be done.

European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for Transport, said: “It is very encouraging that nearly all Member States have managed to significantly reduce their number of road deaths, but there is no room for complacency. A hundred people still die on Europe’s roads every day. We have made good progress since 2001 and we have succeeded in saving nearly 100,000 lives. But the number of fatalities and injuries on our roads is still unacceptable. We want to cut the number deaths by half by 2020. For this we will be looking at what kind of cars people drive, where they drive and how they drive.”

EU road safety action plan
In July 2010 the Commission adopted challenging plans to reduce the number of road deaths on Europe’s roads by half in the next 10 years. Initiatives proposed in the “European Road Safety Policy Orientations 2011-2020” range from setting higher standards for vehicle safety, to improving the training of road users, and increasing the enforcement of road rules. The Commission is working closely with Member States to implement this programme.

Road safety action programme 2011–20:
The Road Safety action programme sets out a mix of initiatives focussing on making improvements to vehicles, infrastructure and road users’ behaviour.
There are seven strategic objectives:
• Improved safety measures for trucks and cars
• Building safer roads
• Developing intelligent vehicles
• Strengthening licensing and training
• Better enforcement
• Targeting injuries
• A new focus on motorcyclists.

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