The number of traffic deaths on Dutch roads was brought down again last year. In 2005, the traffic death toll was 817, a reduction by 64 compared to 2004. The reduction was mainly recorded among young and motorised traffic participants. The number of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents, on the other hand, increased, according to the most recent figures published by Statistics Netherlands, the Advisory Board for Traffic and Transport (AVV) and the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management.
Downward trend continues
At the beginning of the 21st century, approximately 1,100 persons perished in traffic accidents every year. That number was brought down to 881 in 2004 and subsequently to 817 last year, the lowest number since the Second World War. An astonishing reduction, compared to the early 1970s, when over 3,000 people died on Dutch roads.
Fewer young road deaths
The most substantial decrease in the number of road deaths is found among under-30s and in particular among persons in their twenties. In 2004, there were 182 traffic deaths in the age category 20-30, versus 140 in 2005. The decrease mainly comprises motorised traffic participants. Yet, most traffic deaths are people aged between 20 and 30.
Largest reduction recorded among car drivers and passengers
The most significant reduction in road deaths was recorded among car drivers and passengers. Although the average distance travelled by car is still increasing, the number of fatal road accidents among car drivers and passengers has dropped since 2001. The number of motorbikers who perished on Dutch roads also dropped significantly.
Pedestrians remain vulnerable
Pedestrians still appear to be a vulnerable category. The number of fatal accidents involving pedestrians increased from 77 in 2004 to 89 in 2005. From 2003 on 2004, there was still a decrease in the number of pedestrians killed in the Netherlands. The number of deadly accidents involving cyclists did not decrease further, but remained stable in 2005, compared to the previous year.
Considerable reduction in Groningen
In the province of Groningen, the number of fatal road accidents was reduced by half in 2005 compared to 2004. In the province of South Holland, the number of fatal road accidents was also reduced noticeably. Most deadly road accidents (more than 20 percent) occurred in the province of North Brabant. This is partly due to the extensive road system in this province.
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