Road deaths in the Province have risen three-fold in one year
Is Drenthe a quiet province? Certainly not in terms of road safety, because in 2019, it was one of the most dangerous provinces in The Netherlands, reports RTV Drenthe.
In 2019, 29 people were killed in a traffic accident in Drenthe. That is three times more than a year earlier and makes Drenthe, after North Brabant, relatively the most dangerous province in the country for traffic collisions and accidents.
An average of 2.4 people died on roads in Drenthe per billion kilometers driven. Only Brabant is less safe with more than 2.5 victims per billion kilometers driven. Nationally, 661 people died in a traffic accident, which amounts to 1.6 victims per billion kilometers.
The number of casualties on the roads of Drenthe fits within the trend. Over the past ten years, the number of road fatalities here has fluctuated between 20 and 35 annually.
Nationally, the number of road deaths decreased by 17 last year. The number of road casualties among people in their twenties and thirties increased by 24 percent: from 147 in 2018 to 183 in 2019, Statistics Netherlands reports based on the latest figures.
Most road casualties were passenger car occupants (237); 168 drivers and 69 passengers. In addition, 203 cyclists, 52 motorcyclists, 49 pedestrians, 42 mobility scooter drivers and 42 moped riders died, among others.
The number of motorcyclists killed in traffic increased from 42 in 2018 to 52 last year. More moped riders and occupants of passenger cars also died in 2019. However, fewer cyclists died in traffic. Riding an e-bike, 65 people had a fatal traffic accident in 2019; this is one third of all bicycle deaths. In 2018, 57 e-bikers died in a road accident.
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