In 2018, the UK had the lowest number of road traffic fatalities of all EU member states


According to a new study by the European Commission, the UK has the safest roads in Europe.

A 2018 road safety statistics report shows how the UK had 28 road traffic fatalities for every one million inhabitants last year, the lowest of any EU member state.

In second and third place after the UK was Denmark and Ireland, whilst the most dangerous roads were found to be in Romania, Bulgaria and Latvia.

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According to a new study from the European Commission, the UK has the safest roads in Europe. © Copyright Maurice Pullin and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Taken as a whole, the EU noticed a 1% decrease in road deaths in 2018, with Slovenia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Cyprus seeing decreases of 13%, 11%, 9% and 8% respectively.

Over the entire study period from 2010 to 2018, the biggest drop in the number of road traffic fatalities was seen in Greece on 45%, followed closely by Lithuania on 43%, Portugal (35%) and Slovenia on 34% – the figure as a whole for the EU was 21%.

Even though there were improvements, last year saw 25,000 people being killed on European roads which means the EU still has a long way to go before hitting its target of halving the number of death’s in 2010 by the year 2020 and to have hardly any fatalities or serious injuries by 2050.

These figures come after it was announced that the EU will by 2022 require all new cars be fitted with speed limiters and other types of vehicle safety systems – the UK is set to implement these same rules post-Brexit.


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