The number of road victims decreased for the third consecutive year in Belgium. In 2018, the death toll of 440 decreased by 7.4%, compared to 2017.
Thirty-five lives were saved, the Vias institute said Monday as it published its road safety barometer. “We have never recorded so few victims,” Vias was pleased to announce but did report a death increase among seniors, cyclists and motorcyclists. This reverses a downward trend of recent years and is being linked to the fine weather last year.
Last year, the number of on-the-spot deaths dropped by 7.4% compared to the same period in 2017 (440 against 475 killed in situ). This is almost twice less than it was 10 years ago (847), according to Vias. 590 people who died within 30 days of the accident must be added to this number (615 in 2017).
The number of accidents increased slightly by 1.1% (37,798 to 38,197) and the number of casualties increased by 0.5% (48,314 in 2017 to 48,541).