The death toll increased by 7.3% on the roads of France in March 2019.

Road Fatalities up in March, for the Third Month in a Row

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In March 2019, 250 people died on the road, an increase of 7.3% over last year, according to Road Safety figures.

After two months of increases in  January and February, road mortality figures did not decline in March .

According to preliminary estimates of the National Interministerial Observatory of Road Safety (ONISR) published Friday, April 19, 2019, 250 people died on the roads , against 233 in March 2018 or 17 more deaths (+ 7.3%).

The other indicators are also in the red, is saddened Road Safety in a statement : 

  • The number of personal injuries was 4,416 as against 3,974 in March 2018, which is 442 more accidents (+ 11.1%);
  • 5432 people were injured compared to 5005 in March 2018, an increase of 427 (+ 8.5%).

As in February 2019, cyclist mortality is again the highest for a month of March, in the last ten years, “with 18 deaths estimated last month”.

741 dead in three months

Since the beginning of 2019, 741 people have died in a car accident. “Compared to the five-year average (2013-2017), this represents 25 additional deaths,” says Road Safety.

Estimates for the first quarter of 2019 show that road mortality is expected to increase in urban areas (241 killed compared to 211 on average over five years, ie 30 more) as well as on the motorway network (77 killed compared to 51 on average over five years, 26 Furthermore).

A link made with vandalized radars

To explain this trend, the authorities indicate that the spring weather has favoured travel. More journeys, combined with the relaxation of vandal-related behaviours on radars , which affects all road networks “.

Outside built-up areas, where speed is now limited to 80 km/h on most minor highways, road mortality is reported to be down (423 killed compared to 446 on average over five years, 23 fewer).

“Since the end of 2016, there has been a -7% drop in 12-month mortality outside urban areas, while mortality on other road networks (highways and built-up areas) has risen to the end of 2016”, states road safety.

On the secondary network, the speed goes back a little

The Center for studies and expertise on risks, the environment, mobility and development (CEREMA) which has set up, at the request of Road Safety, the evaluation of the 80 km/h measurement shows a very slight increase in the average speed between December 2018 and February 2019, which nevertheless remains well below the speeds practiced before the introduction of the 80 km/h measure, ” which means that the saving of lives saved is preserved, “blows Road Safety.

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