“Lower traffic volumes, as the result of the covid-19 pandemic, had a clear, though unmeasurable, impact on the number of road fatalities,” the European Commission stated on 20 April.
Across the EU27, “an estimated 18,800 people were killed in a road crash last year, an unprecedented annual fall of 17% on 2019.” Road fatalities were down by 36% comparing 2010 and 2020.
Luxembourg was one of five EU member states with a higher rate of road deaths last year: the figure was 18% higher. The others were Estonia, Finland, Ireland and Latvia. However, the commission noted that “the number in small countries tends to fluctuate from year to year.” And overall Luxembourg road fatalities shrank by roughly a fifth between 2010 and 2020.
The commission said it would release final data in the autumn.