Deaths in France decrease by 40% PARIS: Road accidents have decreased by almost 40% in France compared to last year thanks to nationwide coronavirus control measures that have prevented millions of cars , pedestrians and cyclists to circulate.
The 67 million French have been ordered to stay indoors since March 17, with most people only allowed to leave the house for essential outings.
Travel across the country is also limited as the country seeks to stop the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 13,000 of at least 124,000 infected people.
Traffic officials said road traffic fatalities fell 39.6% nationwide in March compared with the same month last year.
154 road fatalities were reported in March this year, compared with 255 in 2019, the French Interior Ministry said.
The number of accidents also decreased by 43%, from 4,298 in March 2019 to 2,443 in the same month this year.
“The decline in the number of road fatalities in March 2020 occurred in the context of the containment measures in place since March 17, which obviously has significantly reduced overall travel,” said the ministry.
There were far fewer cyclists and pedestrians on the roads of France during the month, which was a major factor in reducing road deaths.