Lithuania is an absolute EU leader in the reduction of road deaths from 2001 to 2018

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2019 06 20

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Lithuania is an absolute leader of the European Union in the reduction of road deaths figures in the period from 2001 to 2018 and is the third in the EU according to this indicator as of 2018. Such results are pointed out in The Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) annual report published by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).

“Lithuania has indeed made tremendous progress in the area of road safety, which probably goes unnoticed in the mundane life. Today, we can boldly claim that we are successfully moving away from what was called “war on the roads” towards “Vision 0”,” claims Rokas Masiulis, Minister of Transport and Communications.

Since 2001, when the EU set the objective to reduce the number of road deaths, Lithuania achieved the best result before 2018 and reduced the number of road deaths by 75,9%. According to this indicator, Lithuania is followed by Latvia (73,1%), Slovenia, and Spain (67,3% each). EU average - 54.5% fewer road deaths.

During the last year, Lithuania has gone three positions up among other EU countries and outpaced the Czech Republic, Portugal, and Hungary in the area of road safety for the first time. This indicator is determined according to the number of road deaths per year for 1 million residents.

EU countries that managed to reduce the number of road deaths the most, in comparison to 2017, are Slovakia (17% fewer road deaths), Slovenia (12%), and Lithuania (11%).

In the period from 2010 to 2018, Greece (45% fewer road deaths) and Lithuania (43%) were leading in the area of road safety. Aiming to achieve the objective set by the EU in a decade, to reduce the number of road deaths by half, a decrease of at least 42,6% should have been achieved in 2018. Meanwhile, in other EU countries, this average is only 20,7%. Taking these results into consideration, the European Transport Safety Council, notes in its annual report that Greece and Lithuania are successfully moving towards the objective pursued by the EU.

This year, the PIN reward, acknowledging the accomplishments in the road safety area, was awarded to Ireland, the second EU country in terms of road safety.

28 EU states, as well as Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, and Israel are taking part in The Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) program executed by the European Transport Safety Council. More information is provided in the Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) report of 2019.