Friday, July 8, 2016

Road safety: sharp drop in road deaths in June – L’Express

Good news, the number of deaths fell sharply on the roads in June compared to 2015. Thus, 281 people were killed in traffic accidents, 18 fewer than in June 2015, so 6% said Friday the Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

This June, the least deadly of the history of road statistics, slows the upward trend in the number of deaths recorded in the first half of 1.9% (1,569 killed) compared to the first six months of last year. These good figures “lead us to strengthen controls on the road,” said Bernard Cazeneuve, the road toll of Fleury-en-Bière (Seine-et-Marne) on the eve of big departure from the first weekend holiday . “About 14 000 police officers will be deployed (this summer) to ensure these controls so that we can achieve our goal of another year of decline in mortality on the roads,” he announced.

“A period where vigilance is absolutely essential”

The number of road deaths in mainland France increased again in 2014 (3384 dead, + 3.5% compared to 2013), a trend that continued in 2015 with 3461 killed (+ 2.3% compared to 2014) and the first six months of 2016. “in the summer, July and August in particular, is one-fifth of deaths on the roads because there is an extremely important traffic. We are in a period where vigilance is absolutely essential, “said the minister.

“We came to remember the precautions that motorists must take: first checking the vehicle, the seat belt, the risks that attach to drug consumption and alcohol, the need not to use the atria because it decreases vigilance, the need to take breaks so that fatigue does not win, that sleep does not cause extremely serious accidents, “has -he said.

“All these rules, if in compliance, and if we also comply with speed limits, it greatly reduces road deaths and does not turn the summer holiday into a tragedy” , he insisted.

In June, the number of injury accidents fell by 8.2% compared to the same month last year, as one of those injured by 6.2%. The previous month the least deadly June was recorded in June 2013, with 293 deaths.


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