Speed is still the number one cause of fatalities and serious injuries on Luxembourg roads.
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Luxembourg road fatalities decline but still room for improvement
The number of fatalities and serious injuries due to Luxembourg road accidents has decreased year on year, according to the 2016 roundup presented on 2 May by François Bausch, minister for sustainable development and infrastructure.
According to the report, which the ministry presented with Luxembourg police and Statec, in 2016 there were a total of 32 fatalities linked to road accidents--a figure that hasn’t been recorded since 2010.
The number of individuals seriously injured as a result of road accidents also decreased from 319 to 249 between 2015-2016, a 22% reduction.
Citing the decrease in fatalities and serious injuries, Bausch concluded, “The 2016 report is rather encouraging and we will continue our fight against road safety issues that has been pursued the last three years, as well as police checks on the ground.”
Although there are notable improvements in the figures, the results don’t quite stack up to the 2020 objectives, with an EU target of maximum 16 fatalities and a UN goal of 133 serious injuries or less annually.
Speed, alcohol still key factors
Despite the efforts made within Luxembourg, including the installation of 20 fixed speed cameras in 2016 and other speed prevention measures, speed remains the main factor behind fatal accidents. Speed accounted for 35% of the fatalities in 2016 (compared to 45% in 2015) and 33% of serious injuries (versus 37% in 2015).
Alcohol is also presumed to be a cause of 14% of the fatalities in 2016, compared to 30% in 2015--a noticeable improvement.
8 pedestrian fatalities
When it comes to the means of transportation used by victims counted among the fatalities and serious injuries, those involving cars (43% of total), motorcycles (20%) and pedestrians (20%) ranked the highest. Of the pedestrian deaths, five took place in the winter months.
As might be expected, most of the victims of fatalities and serious injuries were Luxembourg residents (71%), followed by residents of France (10%), Belgium (8%) and Germany (7%).