Fewer young people killed in traffic

December 10th, 2014

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40 percent fewer people aged 18-24 died in 2013 compared to 2010

The number of young people being killed on the roads in Denmark has fallen drastically in recent years, according to new figures from the road authorities Vejdirektoratet.

The figures showed that 25 people aged 18-24 lost their lives in traffic accidents in 2013 – down 40 percent from the 42 who died in 2010.

”It's a significant reduction and that's good news,” Mette Fynbo, a safety worker with Vejdirektoratet, said according to DR Nyheder.

”Young people make up a large portion of fatal accidents and are generally over-represented compared to how much time they spend driving.”

READ MORE: Copenhagen's Borups Alle still Denmark's most deadly stretch of road

Campaigns and better roads
Last year, young people made up 13 percent of traffic fatalities, compared to 2010 when they made up 16 percent. Fynbo said that they are often involved in solo accidents where the deciding factors can involve high speed, alcohol, drugs and risky driving.

But it's moving in the right direction and the campaigns against drink driving and high speeds, combined with road improvements, are paying off, Fynbo contended.

In total, 191 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2013, which is up from 167 in 2012, but still 25 percent less than in 2010.


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