Romania ranks first in the EU on deaths among pedestrians and cyclists

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Romania tops rankings on deaths among pedestrians in road traffic accidents and on deaths of cyclists, reads the latest Eurostat survey released on Tuesday.

The number of fatalities recorded in road traffic accidents in the European Union (EU) is estimated to be around 25 000 in 2017, corresponding to 50 fatal accidents per million inhabitants. The annual number of deaths on EU roads has been around 25 000 since 2013, after a steady decline from 43 000 in 2007.

Passenger car deaths accounted for almost half (46%) of all fatal road accidents in 2017, followed by deaths of pedestrians (21%), motorcyclists (15%), bicyclists (8%) and deaths involving other forms of road transport (10%).

In the EU Member States, Bulgaria ranks highest in the passenger car category with 64 deaths per million inhabitants (2016 data), which is almost six times the lowest rate, that of Malta (11, also 2016 data).

The rate of deaths among pedestrians in road traffic accidents is highest in Romania (37 deaths per million inhabitants) and lowest in Denmark (3).

As for the number of cyclists killed in road accidents as a proportion of the population, the highest rate is in Romania (10 deaths per million inhabitants) and the lowest rate is zero, recorded in Cyprus (2016 data) and Luxembourg.

Greece has the highest rate of fatalities in relation to motorcycle accidents (20 deaths per million inhabitants) in 2017. This contrasts with the situation in Bulgaria (2016 data) and Estonia, where the rate is zero.

Statistics are based on the CARE database (the Community database on road accidents resulting in death or injury collected from the police and hospitals across EU states) and refer to 2017.

In March this year, the European Parliament announced new measures to improve road safety and reduce road accidents.

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