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Deadly accidents in Romania up in 2016


The statistics regarding road safety in Romania for 2016, published on Tuesday 28 March by the European Commission show a slight increase of the number of accidents against 2015.Thus, the number of people who lost their  lives following an accident, reported to a million inhabitants, increased by 1% in the previous year. Even so, Romania recorded a drop of 19% of those deaths as compared to 2010.

According to the European Commission Romania continues to have one of the biggest figures of casualties caused by road accidents, reported to one million inhabitants with not fewer than 97 deaths for each million citizens. Romania is surpassed only by Bulgaria where last year died 99 people following road accidents, for each million inhabitants. At the other end is Sweden and the UK where in 2016 only 27 and 28  people respectively lost their lives for each million inhabitants.

At European level in 2016 25,500 people lost their lives in road accidents with 600 fewer than in 2015 and with 6,000 fewer than in 2010. Other 135,000 people suffered serious accidents according to the estimates of the commission.

After two years of stagnation, in 2016 there is a new positive trend of going down of the number of accidents. In the last six years, the deceases caused by road accidents dropped by 19%. Although this rhythm is encouraging, it could be insufficient if the EU wants to meet its objective of reducing by half the number of deceases due to road accidents between 2010 and 2020. This necessitates supplementary efforts on the part of all parties involved, especially on the part of national authorities and local authorities, who are responsible for the increase of shares day by day as the ones for the implementation of enforcing the law.