Casualties reduction stalls acrossthe EU.

 EU road deaths for 2011 are a major cause for concern. The good news is that road deaths are still falling. There are countries like Bulgaria, Romania, Latvia, Hungary and Greece where very serious efforts have delivered positive results.

The bad news is that road deaths are falling more slowly. They were down only 2%last year. Normally it is about 6% and we have not seen this kind of pronounced ‘slow down’ before. Worse still, there are some large EU Member States, which normally have very good road safety records, where the trend is up!

Other Member States, who were already lagging behind in road safety, also showed increases last year.  

Motorbikes remain a problem. EU road deaths have fallen over the last ten years, but not for motorbikes. There, the number of deaths remains the same.  

In the meantime, these figures are a “wake up” call. – 85 people still die on Europe’s roads every day.  

Good progress has ben made since 2001.  Road deaths have been cut by almost 45%. – more than 125,000 lives.

The EU already has an ambitious Road Safety Action Plan which aims to cut road deaths in the EU by half by 2020.  

Focus of effort is required in two key areas:

1.The three big killers have not changed: drink driving, not wearing seat belts and speed (as well as ignoring red traffic signals). 

 
2.Motorbike deaths need to be cut. This year, the EU will bring forward plans for regular technical checks on motorbikes  that should cut the number of accidents due to technical faults and also soon have the community will have tighter rules to stop people getting access to big powerful motorbikes toosoon.  The new rules will come into force in January next year (3rd EU Driving Licence Directive).

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