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Road deaths down 42% internationally, says IRTAD

ABR Staff Writer Published 28 May 2015

Deaths caused in road mishaps have tanked 42% overall in 28 IRTAD countries since 2000,

However, eight of them witnessed a rise in loss of lives on arteries in 2014, the highest being at 16%, according to the provisional data assessed by International Road Traffic and Accident Database (IRTAD), the permanent working group on road safety at the International Transport Forum.

In all, 15 countries reported a fall in number of deaths due to accidents, with the highest being 21%.

The count, validated for 2013, reveals that the abridgement of life on roads was down by 4.3% between 2013 and 2012.

Such a trend, when collated on a long-term basis, translates into a fall of 42% between 2000 and 2013 in IRTAD countries.

IRTAD-Group chair Fred Wegman said: "The IRTAD Group is aware that its current members account for only 6% of global road fatalities, and it is our intention to pursue our geographical expansion and to assist countries interested in building up and improving their road safety data system."

The study said the global financial crisis, which surfaced in most of the IRTAD members countries in 2008, had played a substantial role in bringing down such fatalities.

Those with lowest road mortality rates are based in Europe. Sweden and the UK recorded less than three fatalities per 100,000 people in 2013.

Deaths among vehicle occupants were down by 54% between 2000 and 2013, with 36% reduction for pedestrians, 35%for cyclists and 22% for motorcyclists.

As a result, road safety priorities have recently moved from motorized rural traffic to vulnerable road users in urban areas across many countries.

However, the US National Safety Council has informed that deaths in road accidents in the US have risen every month during the past six months as compared to those during 2014.