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Road accidents – Preliminary estimates

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To provide more timely and useful information to assess road safety actions, a preliminary estimate of road accidents, referred to the first six months in 2016, is provided this year as well. The figures, although provisional, allow to outline the national trends for road accident events.

It is estimated that, during the first semester of the current year, the road accidents resulting in death or injury were 83,549. The number of deaths, within thirty days, was estimated at 1,466, while the injured persons were 118,349.

Compared with the final data, for the same period in 2015, the preliminary estimates showed a 0.8% decrease  of road accidents resulting in death or injury, 4.7% for the victims and 0.5% for the injured persons.

During the first six months of the year the number of victims decreased by 25.6%, in respect of the first semester 2010 and by 55.4%, with reference to the same period of 2001.

Although the clear recovery of mortality, over of the period January-June 2015, the level was still high and not in line with the European target 2020 (halving of number of victims counted in 2010).

The mortality index (percentage ratio between the number of deaths and the number of accidents resulting in death or injury) was equal to 1.75 from 1.88 recorded during the first semester 2015.

Based on data provided by “Polizia Stradale”, during the first semester 2016 the number of deaths on motorways decreased of about 15%, compared with the same period of 2015. For the inside urban area and rural roads the reduction was instead between 2 and 5%.

The year 2016 reveals as a mobility recovery. From the preliminary data available, the new registrations of vehicles, during the period January-June 2016 increased by 19% over the same period of the previous year while the motorway journeys increased by 3.7%.

During the first semester of the year, the contraventions registered by “Polizia Stradale” for the use of mobile phone while driving and for speeding increased respectively by 25% and 22%.

Reference period: January-June 2016

Date of Issue: 19 December 2016



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