Minister welcomes fall in traffic accidents

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14 July 2005, BRUSSELS — The number of traffic accidents resulting in deaths or injuries in Belgium continues to decline on a month-by-month basis.

14 July 2005

BRUSSELS — The number of traffic accidents resulting in deaths or injuries in Belgium continues to decline on a month-by-month basis.

Between May 2004 and April 2005 there were 53,144 accidents resulting in deaths or injuries on Belgian roads, the Transport Ministry's monthly traffic figures revealed.

That represented a 3.7 percent decline or 1,983 fewer accidents compared with the same period a year earlier, newspaper 'De Morgen' reported on Thursday.

Transport Minister Renaat Landuyt said the number of accidents fell by 5.1 percent in Wallonia (declining from 15,180 to 14,403). There were 3.8 percent fewer accidents in Flanders, falling from 34,234 to 32,941.

However, the number of accidents resulting in death or injuries in the Brussels region rose by 2.3 percent from 3,730 to 2,817.

Minister Landuyt also said the number of accidents on the nation's motorways fell by 4 percent to 3,536.

The Socialist (SP.A) minister welcomed the continuing month-by-month decline in the number of serious accidents.

Nation-wide figures show the number of traffic accidents fell by 6.5 percent in January, 5.4 percent in February and 5 percent in March.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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