Slovakia’s pedestrian safety ranks second worst in EU

In 2011, Slovakia was ranked as the second worst country in the European Union in terms of pedestrian safety, with pedestrians involved in 55 percent of fatal traffic accidents in urban zones, reads the European Commission report published on the occasion of European Safety on the Roads Day.

In 2011, Slovakia was ranked as the second worst country in the European Union in terms of pedestrian safety, with pedestrians involved in 55 percent of fatal traffic accidents in urban zones, reads the European Commission report published on the occasion of European Safety on the Roads Day.

According to the chart comparing the percentage of pedestrian fatalities in traffic accidents in 25 EU countries (Malta and Lithuania failed to provide the required data), the list was topped by Ireland (57 percent), with Slovakia winding up a close second. The EU average was 37 percent, the TASR newswire wrote.

"In comparison with the rest of the world, the EU enjoys outstanding results in the field of road traffic safety. However, even a single lost life is too much. It's pedestrians and bicyclists who face the greatest safety risks in cities – and with the traffic volume in our growing cities continuously swelling, this risk is only bound to increase," the European Commission vice-chair responsible for transport, Siim Kallas, said at a conference held on the issue on Monday in Brussels. Out of 30,000 deaths on European roads on an annual basis (the figure was 28,000 in 2012), 21 percent on average were pedestrians, seven percent were cyclists and 18 percent rode motorcycles or motor scooters. The reasons behind the urban dangers to pedestrians and bicyclists specified by the European Commission are an insufficient number of dedicated lanes, speeding motorists and general carelessness on the roads.

(Source: TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Refugees on a train in Hungary.

Fico government firm on anti-migrant stand

The Slovak government however admitted that “there is a real threat that we will face the pressure of the member states that the migrants are heading to, on our own”.

Prison, illustrative stock photo.

For first time in Slovak History, two lifers may walk out of jail

FOR THE first time in Slovakia’s history, two convicts sentenced to life in prison may be released on parole.

Richnava

Police attacked during skirmish at Roma settlement

POLICE officers came under attack by locals at a Roma settlement near Richňava in Košice Region on September 1. Police were summoned to the settlement by paramedics because of a brawl that erupted between…

PM Robert Fico and his wife Svetlana

Fico has neither account, nor company stake in Belize

SLOVAK Prime Minister Robert Fico and his wife do not have and have never had any banking accounts in Belize, and do not hold any stake and do not have managerial control in any company registered in Belize.

MOST READ ARTICLES


  1. Increase in number of Slovak millionaires outpaces the rest of Europe
  2. SIAF air fest was attended by 140,000 spectators, many pilots
  3. Fico government firm on anti-migrant stand
  4. Slovak grandfather receives birthday wishes from all over the world
  5. Slovak man's story part of Titanic exhibition in Bratislava
  6. SEWS leaves Slovakia for Romania, buying the land under the plant
  7. Slovakia and its shameful policy on refugees
  8. For first time in Slovak History, two lifers may walk out of jail
  9. Fico has neither account, nor company stake in Belize
  10. Refugees barricaded themselves in Medveďov camp
  1. Increase in number of Slovak millionaires outpaces the rest of Europe
  2. Fico government firm on anti-migrant stand
  3. Slovak grandfather receives birthday wishes from all over the world
  4. SIAF air fest was attended by 140,000 spectators, many pilots
  5. Slovakia and its shameful policy on refugees
  6. Fico has neither account, nor company stake in Belize
  7. Police attacked during skirmish at Roma settlement
  8. SEWS leaves Slovakia for Romania, buying the land under the plant
  9. Slovak man's story part of Titanic exhibition in Bratislava
  10. Police stopped extremists’ ride to Gabčíkovo
  1. Increase in number of Slovak millionaires outpaces the rest of Europe
  2. SIAF air fest was attended by 140,000 spectators, many pilots
  3. Slovakia and its shameful policy on refugees
  4. Slovak grandfather receives birthday wishes from all over the world
  5. Slovak man's story part of Titanic exhibition in Bratislava
  6. Crooks may land €2 million in land deals for Jaguar Land Rover
  7. Fico government firm on anti-migrant stand
  8. Police stopped extremists’ ride to Gabčíkovo
  9. SEWS leaves Slovakia for Romania, buying the land under the plant
  10. Fico has neither account, nor company stake in Belize