In the past eight months, there have been over 1,000 fatalities and 2,260 serious injuries nationwide due to traffic accidents.
The General Inspectorate of Romanian Police reported that between January 1 and August 30, 2,878 accidents were reported nationally, killing 1,029 individuals and seriously injuring 2,258 more.
According to the source cited, there were 185 fewer seriously injured persons (-7.6%), 88 fewer fatalities (-7.9%), and 253 fewer accidents during the same period in 2021.
What are the main causes of road accidents?
According to the Inspectorate, pedestrian negligence (18%), resulted in 517 accidents, 215 fatalities, and 307 serious injuries, and non-compliance with the legal speed limit (18%), which led to 517 accidents, 201 deaths, and 431 serious injuries, were the two main causes of severe road accidents.
Additionally, according to the police, not giving priority to vehicles (8.2%) resulted in 237 accidents, which resulted in the deaths of 52 people and the severe injuries of another 209, and not giving priority to pedestrians (8.2%) in 237 accidents, which resulted in the deaths of 86 people and the serious injuries of 237 others, are among the main causes of severe road accidents. These factors account for 63.6% of all serious road accidents.
At the same time, 14,586 traffic violations were found, of which 5,183 involved blood alcohol levels over the legal limit, 3,179 involved driving without a license, 2,044 involved using a permit that did not fit the vehicle category, and 1,706 involved violations of withdrawn, cancelled, or suspended licenses. driving while intoxicated by drugs of abuse and 2,474 other infractions.
Road accidents have remained at an alarming level for several years. Unfortunately, Romania occupies a leading place in the European Union in this chapter. It seems that this percentage is increasing significantly in the last period. Both the negligence of pedestrians and drivers and the unsafe roads in Romania are factors that increase the rate of road accidents every year. Comparing countries like Sweden, which has the lowest rate of road accidents, there is no excuse that the situation in Romania cannot improve. However, where are the changes?