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UK has 2nd Safest Roads in Europe

The United Kingdom has the second safest roads in Europe, according to figures released by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).

Road traffic deaths have been falling in the EU for the past two decades. In 2001, there were 54,900 fatalities. By 2017, this had fallen to 25,300. 

BG800 barrier with Instaboom vehicle incursion gate

When based on the number of road fatalities per million inhabitants, the UK is ranked second with a figure of 28. Only Sweden’s roads are safer, with 25 road deaths per million people.

It means that the EU has the safest roads in the world. However, data from CARE (EU Road Accidents Database) shows that 70 people die every day on the roads of Europe

Top 10 safest roads in Europe

  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

Solutions for human error on the road

The majority of road incidents are linked to human error, with 10-30 percent of them caused by distraction. It is for this reason that a number driver assistance systems will become mandatory over the coming years. Technology and innovation will pave the way for safer roads.

Driver drowsiness and distraction warnings, intelligent speed assistance, reversing sensors or cameras, lane-keeping assistance and advanced emergency braking are just some of the systems that will become mandatory from 2022.

Why can help make our roads even safer?

There are highway safety solutions for various applications and all have in mind driver and road worker safety:

To discuss how Highway Care can help make your highway project safer for all contact us today. +44(0) 344 840 0088

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Original source of news:, author Gavin Braithwaite-Smith