Britain has the second safest roads in Europe, with only Sweden recording fewer deaths per million people, according to new statistics.
There are 28 road deaths per year per million people in Britain, while in Sweden the figure is slightly less than 25, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.
The eastern regions of Europe have the worst road fatalities per million population, Romania supporting the charts with 99 deaths.
Europe’s second safest road: only Sweden registered fewer traffic victims per million inhabitants in 2017, according to a new report released this month
The EU average for road accidents per million inhabitants is 49, which puts the United Kingdom at the head of the curve.
Road fatalities have dropped significantly over the past two decades, according to ACEA.
In 2001, 54 900 deaths were recorded in the EU and this figure more than halved to reach only 25 300 in 2017, an average of 69 victims per day.
By continent, this means that Europe has the safest road in the world.
Who has the safest roads in Europe? Number of road deaths per million inhabitants
1. Sweden: 25
2. United Kingdom: 28
3. Denmark: 30
4. Netherlands: 31
5. Ireland: 33
6. Estonia: 36
= 7. Germany: 39
= 7. Spain: 39
9. Malta: 41
dix. Luxembourg: 42
11. Finland: 43
12. Austria: 47
13. Slovenia: 50
= 14. France: 51
= 14. Slovakia: 51
16. Belgium: 54
17. Czech Republic: 55
18. Italy: 56
19. Portugal: 58
20. Cyprus: 62
21. Hungary: 64
22. Lithuania: 67
23. Greece: 68
24. Latvia: 70
25. Poland: 75
26. Croatia: 80
27. Bulgaria: 96
28. Romania: 99
The vast majority of road accidents resulting in death are linked to human error, according to the report,
He estimates that between 10 and 30 percent are the result of distraction – a problem that is being tackled by lawmakers and automakers with the demand for more driver assistance systems becoming mandatory in the coming years .
This includes smart speed assist systems, which will be essential in all new engines from 2022 – although Volvo has already started equipping its vehicles with more intrusive speed limiters, limiting its cars to no more than 112 mph .
Other features required for new passenger cars over the next two years include drowsiness alert and driver distraction systems, reverse sensors or parking cameras, lane keeping assist and advanced emergency braking.
The European Commission expects the introduction of integrated breathalysers alongside these other driver assistance systems to save around 25,000 lives and prevent 140,000 injuries by 2038.
There are 28 road deaths per year per million people in the UK, while the Swedish figure is 25, according to a new ACEA report.
European Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska – previously Polish Minister for Regional Development and Transport – said: “Each year 25,000 people die on our roads. The vast majority of these accidents are caused by human error.
“We can and must act to change this. With the new advanced safety features that will become mandatory, we can have the same type of impact as when seat belts were first introduced. “
While Sweden and the United Kingdom top the charts for the safest routes, Eastern Europe dominates at the other end of the table.
This is due to a combination of factors, including the poor condition of road networks and drivers using older vehicles with safety technology and lower performance standards.
Romania has the worst safety record with 99 road deaths per million inhabitants in the country, followed by Bulgaria (96), Croatia (80), Poland (75) and Latvia (70).
Figures released for Britain by the Department of Transport show that 1,782 are killed on British roads each year.
Statistics cover all of 2018, when 11 fewer deaths were recorded than the previous year.
Auto groups said the statistics were “disappointing” when released a year ago, calling on Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to make reducing the number of deaths on British roads one of his “top priorities” “
Although the number of fatalities has remained constant over the past seven years, it is essential to emphasize that road accidents in the United Kingdom are among the lowest in the world.
News of UK’s impressive road safety statistics come as dangerous driving (sentencing) death bill is scheduled to be heard in the House of Commons on July 21, which could see those sentenced to perpetuity.
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said, “We will have the time and the support of the government to change the law in the right direction.”
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