Death toll down on Belgian roads
According to the latest figures of Vias, the Belgian institute for traffic safety and mobility (formerly called BIVV/IBSR) the death toll on Belgian roads (first three quarters) has lowered from 407 to 363 casualties. Minister Weyts is happy that his latest measures are having results.
“These figures show a world of difference with those assembled one year ago,” says Flemish Minister of Mobility Ben Weyts. The so called traffic barometer shows that traffic accident victims with fatal injuries for the first 9 months of 2017 were down from 407 to 363 (- 11%).
Even lower in Flanders
Weyts is very happy that Flanders is the best pupil in class: “In 2014 we were still confronted with a scandalous 400 death victims in one year in Flanders, so we worked on a Flemish traffic plan that starts to give results. last year the number of death tolls already diminished by 15%, this year we’re having -17% (34 casualties) less.”
More good news comes from the fact that also biker fatalities are regressing, -14% compared to last year. “It encourages me to continue to work on traffic measures (often criticised because unpopular) that have without doubt an influence on these figures,” adds Weyts. “It’s of course very difficult to measure the direct impact, but if the lower death toll is even partly due to these measures, it’s been worth all the criticism.”