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03 July 2019

Lithuania’s safer roads – lower casualties

First published03/07/2019

A notable improvement has been seen in road safety in Lithuania. This is of note, given that the country used to have an extremely poor record for road crashes and road fatalities. In the period from 2001 to 2018, the country’s average road fatality rate plummeted by 75.9%. This is the biggest reduction in road deaths seen in any EU nation, according to the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC). The safety improvement has been continuous in Lithuania during this period according to the ETSC’s data, which shows that the number of road deaths dropped by 11% in 2018 from a year earlier. However, much work remains to be done to improve Lithuania’s road safety record further. The ETSC data shows that Lithuania’s rate of road deaths at 61/1 million population for 2018 was higher than the EU average of 49/1 million of population.

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