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Speed reduction

Every year, more than 1.4 million people around the world lose their lives in road traffic. That’s why the World Health Organization (WHO) lists road traffic as the ninth most common cause of death worldwide. And forecasts indicate that the number of traffic deaths is expected to rise to more than two million.

Most accidents occur because of excessive speeds. A statement issued by the Berlin Senate demonstrates the importance of continuity in combating this cause of death: “In the case of a traffic accident involving a pedestrian, a certain speed reduction can make the difference between life and death.”

Statistics from the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (bfu) also confirm this. The likelihood that a pedestrian will be killed in a car accident increases with higher speeds:

  • at 50 km/h, it is above 40 percent
  • at 40 km/h, it is 30 percent
  • at 30 km/h, it is 18 percent

 

Driving too fast leads to death:

  • At 65 km/h eight out of ten pedestrians who collide with a car DIE
  • At 50 km/h eight out of ten pedestrians who collide with a car SURVIVE