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French Accidents Statistics 2005

  Posted at 03:12:45 PM
  File under  France Statistics
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

For the first time in a very long time, the number of deadly accidents on the French roads has gone below the 5,000 mark (to be exact; 4,975). This represents a decline of 4.9% over 2004. The very strong repression strategy is paying off, where France used to be the 11th worst country in terms of accidents per kilometer per capita. Now, it's the 7th best in Europe.

Less young people have died (between ages 18 and 24), declining by 6.9%, while kids between 15 and 17 have increased by 12.6% (that is probably because they aren't implicated by the license points reduction since they don't have one).

The bad news is that one out of four deadly accidents involve motorcycles (only 0.8% of the traffic, but 16.8% of the victims).

There have been less deadly accidents on the autoroutes (where most radars are), dropping 22.5% and the national road's accidents have dropped 9.9%.

Radar Repression

The radars have noticed a drop in speeds (in the 10 kph over the limit range) for cars by 18.9%, however, motorcycles have seen an increase in speed by 41.8% (because most radars are front facing, so of no worries to the biker). From now on, all radars will be rear facing.

It was also announced today, that 1 out of 4 radars in France does not function (either vandalized or broken). Also, many tickets are not sent due to bad picture, or 2 vehicles present in the photo (they can only ticket if there's one vehicle).

All-in-all, 45% of cars, 50% trucks and 60% of motorcyclists still speed.

Click here to read the whole press release (in French)

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