During the first semester of 2017, the preliminary estimates data showed a reduction of both road accidents resulting in death or injury and injured persons, with a decrease of 4-5%, with respect to the final data for the same period in 2016. In this context, a reversal trend for victims is recorded, with a new growth and increases between 6.7 and 8.2%.
During the period January-June 2017, it is estimated that the road accidents resulting in death or injury were 82,525. The number of deaths, within thirty days, was 1,623, while the injured persons were 116,137.
During the first six months of the year, regarding to the benchmark values for the road safety decades, the number of victims decreased, in average, of 17-18%, compared to the first semester 2010 and of 50-51%, with reference to the same period of 2001. The increase of mortality levels, recorded in the first half of 2017, compared to the period January-June 2016, further
removed the target on European halving of victims by 2020.
The mortality index (percentage ratio between the number of deaths and the number of accidents resulting in death or injury) was equal to 2.0, increasing from the first semester 2016, when it was 1.8).
The increase of victims, recorded during the first semester 2017, is due, mainly, to the growth on motorways and rural roads. Based on data provided by “Polizia Stradale”, in fact, the number of deaths rose on motorways: from 117 victims during the first semester of 2016 to 149, in the same period of 2017 (+27,4%) . For rural roads, considering all accidents, the increase of deaths ranged between 11 and 12%.
The new registrations of passengers cars increased of 8.6% ; the yearly average motorway journeys increased, during the first semester of 2017, with respect of the same period of 2016, of 2.7% , for light vehicles and of 3.6% for heavy good vehicles.