This is rather good news coming to us regarding road safety in France. This summer, the results for August and July turned out to be rather “positive”, all things considered, naturally. Thus, the drop in mortality over the first month was 10%, compared to 6% in August.
This represents a 50% reduction in the number of deaths on French roads, compared to the summer of 2022. 591 people lost their lives during this period. Namely 305 in July and 286 in August. Over the two months as a whole, the drop in mortality stood at 7.8%.
As for people seriously injured in a road context, a decline is also observed. 1,386 citizens were seriously injured on French roads in August 2023. For July, this number was 1,558, with a decrease of 7%.
Poor results for motorized two-wheelers and electric scooters
This assessment is, however, tarnished by the statistics concerning motorized two-wheelers. Which includes, naturally, motorcycles and scooters. But also motorized personal travel devices (EDPm), which particularly concerns personal electric scooters.
Road safety deplores in a press release “a high proportion of people killed on motorized two-wheelers”which account for 30% of deaths as well as the increase in deaths in “motorized personal transport vehicle”, “with 17 killed in two months”. “The summer report reminds these vulnerable users of the need to be vigilant and to be well equipped to be protected and visible.”
Remember that 35 deaths were recorded in EDPm, in the year 2022 alone. Their number is unfortunately exploding, in this year 2023. It remains to be seen if this will change, while new measures came into force on September 1, regarding their use.
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To sum up
Road safety statistics were rather positive in France in the summer of 2023. Mortality decreased in both July and August, compared to the same period in 2022. But that of motorized two-wheelers, in particular, remains worrying .
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