Monday, April 18, 2011

Dutch traffic casulaties down again

640 people were killed in traffic accidents in the Netherlands in 2010. This is 11 percent fewer than the 720 deaths in 2009, and continues the downward trend observed in the last few years. The number of fatalities among people aged under 40 in particular decreased, as well as the number among cyclists and people in cars.  Victims in their twenties do still account for the largest number of traffic deaths. Most of the decrease in the number of traffic deaths is accounted for by cyclists and car drivers and passengers. There were 50 fewer car deaths in 2010; at 246 this was 17 percent lower than in 2009. This group does account for most of traffic deaths however. The number of cyclists killed on Dutch roads fell from 185 in 2009 to 162 in 2010.  Pedestrians were the only group of road users for whom the number of deaths did not decrease. The number of fatal victims in this group has been stable for years now. The number of fatal casualties on Dutch roads has been decreasing since the mid-1970s when it became compulsory to wear a seatbel tand people on mopeds were required to wear a helmet. Since the year with the highest number of traffic deaths, 1972, the number of people killed yearly has fallen by 80 percent. It is anticipated that the number will not go lower than 550 ever. Source: CBS; read more here.

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