EU road deaths at lowest ever level, Commissioner announces

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Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas has announced that road deaths in the EU are at their lowest ever level.

Speaking on 19 March 2013, he said the latest figures showed that in 2012 there were 55 road fatalities for every million inhabitants in the EU, a 9% fall on the previous year.

But Commissioner Kallas warned that in the two countries with the worst road safety record - Lithuania and Romania - the number of deaths was increasing.

He added that despite the overall fall in deaths, "77 people die every day on Europe's roads".

The Commission estimates that for every death on Europe's roads there are 10 serious injuries and Commissioner Kallas announced progress towards a EU strategy on road safety injuries.

He said a major stumbling block was that there was no single definition of what constituted a "serious injury" and said he wanted to work with EU governments to try and introduce EU-wide targets for cutting the number of injuries on Europe's roads.

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