Dutch traffic dead remembered

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A ceremony is to be held today in The Hague at the head office of the ANWB, the Dutch automobile association.

16 November 2008

THE HAGUE - It will commemorate those who die every year in traffic accidents. Figures released by an official Dutch body show that in 2007, 791 people died in traffic accidents. 

In 2006, the figure was 811.

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the number of annual deaths was almost four times as high. 

But a combination of improved safety measures, such as separate bike paths, more motorways and new traffic regulations, have reduced the number of deaths considerably. 

Above all, cars themselves have become much safer.

The commemoration in The Hague will be matched by similar ceremonies in several other European countries.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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