Latvia remains among the most dangerous countries in Europe in terms of road accidents despite a decrease in road traffic deaths. The government has taken on measures in the hopes of to tackling the issue, such as imposing harsher sanctions against speeders and drunk drivers. Experts say, however, poor road surfacing quality is also to blame.
Statistics of car incidents in Latvia
In 2016, 158 people died in car accidents in Latvia. In relation to the general population, it equals to 80 road deaths per million inhabitants. The figures are 60% higher than the average in the European Union (50 road deaths). Only Romania (97) and Bulgaria (99) fared worse.
Last year, in 2017, Latvia continued to show improvements as it did in previous years. Latvia’s statistics office tallied 134 deaths, which is 15% less than in 2016.
The number of people who were injured in car accidents was 4,942 last year.
Published by “Euronews “