134 lives saved and 10,000 fewer injuries on Belgian roads last year

134 lives saved and 10,000 fewer injuries on Belgian roads last year

According to the road safety barometer of Vias institute based on data from the Federal Police, the number of fatalities on Belgian roads decreased by 22% last year compared to 2019. There were 484 deaths, or 134 fewer than in 2019. The number of injuries fell by 23%. In total there were 10,000 fewer injuries. Those declines are due to the corona measures that had a major impact on movements. Even with this decrease, the national target of halving the number of road deaths between 2010 and 2020 will not be achieved. We arrive at a decrease of 40%. There are also some trends that need to be closely monitored. In Flanders, for example, there was a slight increase in the number of bicycle fatalities and the severity of accidents on the motorways has never been so high in the last 10 years.

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HELICON is funded by the Belgian Federal Science Policy (BELSPO) through the BRAIN-be 2.0 (2018-2023) programme.

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Prof. dr. Brecht Devleesschauwer

Sciensano, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Service Lifestyle and Chronic Diseases

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