A new report is calling for further research to understand why the number of road deaths across Europe has not declined by the same degree as traffic volume.
The report, published by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), reveals EU member states recorded a 36% drop in road deaths in April 2020 – compared to the 2017-19 average.
This is despite heavily reduced traffic levels – as a result of various lockdown restrictions imposed by each country.
For example in Ireland, statistics show in the week of 27 March (when lockdown was announced) traffic volumes reduced by 65-70%.
However in April, road deaths only declined by 36% – when compared with the previous three years.
Meanwhile in the Czech Republic, there was a 5% rise in the number of fatalities during April – despite traffic falling by 65% in urban areas and 70% on motorways.
The ETSC report highlights issues such as speeding and higher numbers of vulnerable road users – as well as changes to enforcement levels.