Road Safety Barometer: Alarming Increase in Road Deaths in Belgium in 2022

2023-09-02 05:37:35

Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2023 at 2:55 p.m.

According to the Road Safety Barometer established by the Vias Institute, the number of road deaths increased sharply last year in 2022, in Wallonia (+22%) and in Brussels, where it rose from 6 to 21 deaths. .

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On the other hand, Flanders recorded a decline (-7%). On the scale of Belgium, more than one victim out of three was a pedestrian or a cyclist This provisional assessment should increase as it does not take into account deaths occurring within 30 days.

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“The years 2020 and 2021 were atypical due to the pandemic. The increases observed in 2022 follow an unprecedented drop, largely linked to health measures”, specifies Belinda Demattia, spokesperson for the Walloon Agency for Road Safety. Admittedly, there is a 22% increase in fatalities compared to 2021 but also a 22% decrease compared to 2019 (309 killed on the basis of the final figures).

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“In fact, the first quarter of 2022 was very bad. There were fewer casualties in the second half of the year despite summer festivals and end-of-year celebrations. We have the impression that people let go at the start of 2022 after the Covid restrictions”, analyzes Belinda Demattia.

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“Hainaut has the most killed (73), ahead of Liège (58), Namur (54), Luxembourg (30) and Walloon Brabant (14). Namur is the only Walloon province to have more deaths than in 2019 (49).

“In terms of types of users, the most marked increase concerns pedestrians (+52%) and cyclists, where we go from 6 to 18 killed”, notes the spokesperson for the AWSR. The death toll for cyclists remains lower than 2019 despite an increasing number of users. One in ten cyclist victims in Wallonia were riding an electric vehicle. On the other hand, the results are similar to 2019 for pedestrians. Strepy’s carnival drama weighs heavily in the balance.

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