In 2022, there were again more traffic fatalities in the EU than in the previous year. In Eastern Europe, a particularly large number of people lost their lives.
It's finally time for a holiday! For many Germans, this means off to the airport and off to the sun. But there are also some who set off with their own car. Depending on the destination, you should find out whether a toll applies. And you should also familiarize yourself with the local traffic rules beforehand. After all, driving a car is not as safe everywhere as it is in Germany. Especially in Eastern Europe, caution is required in road traffic.
The most dangerous place for motorists is Romania. The country recorded 86 traffic fatalities per million inhabitants. More than any other country in Europe. This is followed by Bulgaria (78) and the popular holiday destination Croatia (71), where an e-vignette will be introduced at the end of 2024.
Swede had the fewest traffic fatalities in 2022
With 34 traffic fatalities per million inhabitants, Germany is tied for fourth place with Finland. Meanwhile, it is safest for drivers in Sweden. With 21 deaths, the Scandinavian kingdom lands ahead of Denmark (26) and Ireland (31).
Romania had the highest number of road deaths in the EU in 2022. (Symbolic image) © Armin Weigel/dpa
"In total, around 2022,20 people died in road traffic across the EU (as well as Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Iceland) in 600, which is three percent more than in 2021," writes the ADAC on its homepage. The EU justified this with the higher volume of traffic after the peak phase of the Corona pandemic.
Number of traffic fatalities to be drastically reduced by 2030
Nevertheless, Brussels is likely to be anything but satisfied with the development. In 2018, the goal was set to reduce the number of road deaths by 2030. Numerous driver assistance systems are also intended to help, many of which have even been mandatory in the EU since July 2022.
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From July 2024, new cars in the EU will also have to be equipped with a black box. This is intended to help reconstruct accidents.