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Slight increase in traffic fatalities expected

In the past two years, the number of road deaths had fallen - 2018, the Federal Statistical office expects to see an increase again. According to experts, this could have to do with the weather.

In road traffic there will be in this year is expected to be a little more Dead and wounded. The Federal Statistical office estimates that the number of traffic deaths will rise until the end of the year compared to the year-on-year to approximately 40 victims (one percent) on 3220. The authority calculated the estimate on the basis of the traffic-related deaths from January to September. In the case of the injured, the experts expect this year, also an increase of about one percent, or about 3000 to 393,000 people.

The number of road deaths had fallen in the past two years, and in 2017, had reached the lowest level.

In view of the number of police recorded accidents, a slight increase to more than 2.6 million accidents. Of a 306,000 accidents were had in which people harm. The estimate is based on the accident figures for the first nine months.

estimates of the Federal Statistical office, it will be 2018 more traffic deaths and injuries.

experts see a hot summer, as a cause

"in the Meantime, we depend on the question of whether it goes up or down, Essentially by the weather," says accident researcher Siegfried Brockmann. So it was with the long Winter of 2018, first of all, again, fewer traffic deaths. But then the long and hot summer came. The long-lasting warm and dry weather, more people would have otherwise used to drive with the wheel. Also, motorcycle drivers were more likely to have been on the road.

The ADAC also called "the exceptionally dry and hot summer" as the reason. This had led to increased traffic, not only on the motorcycle and the Bicycle, but also by day-trippers, says a spokeswoman.

Deutsche Verkehrswacht concerned

Wake up The German transport (DVW), the balance sheet, "as a clear Signal to remind people even more of their responsibility in the road traffic". The latest development was "a step back," said DVW President Kurt Bodewig. "On the way to Vision Zero, our efforts need to be intensified - when the topic of drugs and alcohol, speed and distraction, we need more responsibility of all road users."

demands for more protection

the accidents with dead and injured to permanently cut much further, calling for professionals to take the inner cities. More people were now walking, says accident researcher Brockmann. "And the Bicycle traffic is rising much faster than municipalities are able to provide a reasonably secure infrastructure."

"While in the Netherlands, for Cycling a fully private system of paths, Cycling in Germany is hardly a place in the road space," the spokesperson of the General German Bicycle club, Stephanie crown. They also called for mandatory Cornering and Emergency braking assistance in motor vehicles. "It can't be that in high-tech Germany every week people die, because they are not seen by car and Truck drivers", stressed crown.

number of road deaths at record low, 27.02.2018 250 deaths: call for Zero tolerance, 11.05.2017 Atlas |Germany |Wiesbaden

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