German road accident deaths at record low

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24 February 2005, WIESBADEN - Road accident deaths in Germany were at their lowest level last year since records were first kept in 1953, government figures showed on Thursday. Although the number of road accidents was only slightly down at 2.25 million, the number of deaths fell 11.6 percent to 5,844, the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden said. The number of people injured in road traffic accidents also fell, by 4.9 percent to 439,500. Experts say improved car safety features such as air bags and el

24 February 2005

WIESBADEN - Road accident deaths in Germany were at their lowest level last year since records were first kept in 1953, government figures showed on Thursday.

Although the number of road accidents was only slightly down at 2.25 million, the number of deaths fell 11.6 percent to 5,844, the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden said.

The number of people injured in road traffic accidents also fell, by 4.9 percent to 439,500.

Experts say improved car safety features such as air bags and electronic driver aids, better road conditions and new methods of medical treatment were contributing to the reduction in fatalities.

Last year's figure compares with 1970 when 21,332 people were killed in road crashes although there were fewer than half the number of cars on German roads as today.

DPA

Subject: German news

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