Europe’s roads are getting safer. Fewer people lost their lives on EU roads last year compared to previous years.
Data published by the European Commission estimate that road fatalities in 2019 dropped by 23% compared to 2010.
With an average of 51 road deaths per one million inhabitants, Europe is the safest region in the world in terms of road safety.
Figures released by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) reveal that Sweden has the safest roads in Europe, with 25 road deaths per million people. Second safest is the UK (28 per million), followed by Denmark (30 per million).
Bottom of the list are Romania (99 fatalities per million), Bulgaria (96), and Croatia (80).
The majority of road fatalities are linked to human error, with 10-30% caused by distraction. Which is why driver assistance systems are being introduced across the region.
By 2022, it will be compulsory for new vehicles to be fitted with warnings alerting drivers to drowsiness, distractions, speeding, reversing and lane-keeping, as well as advanced emergency braking systems.
The top ten safest roads in Europe are:
1 Sweden: 25 (deaths per million inhabitants)
2 UK: 28
3 Denmark: 30
4 Netherlands: 31
5 Ireland: 33
6 Estonia: 36
7 Spain: 39
8 Malta: 41
9 Luxembourg: 42
10 Finland: 43