The impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on road deaths in April 2020.

Adminaite, D. Jost, G. Stipdonk, H. & Ward, H.

In March 2020, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, most European governments put in place unprecedented restrictions on travel and movement including border closures, lockdowns for most of the population, closure of schools, workplaces, shops, leisure and sport facilities. This report assesses the impacts that had on road deaths in Europe during the month of April 2020 – by which time most countries were in lockdown. National experts were asked to submit data on road deaths that occurred during the month of April 2020 and the average of the same month over the years 2017, 2018 and 2019 for comparison. Out of 27 EU countries, 25 were able to provide the requested data. Experts were also asked to provide data on traffic volumes based on the same periods. 11 EU countries were able to send such data. Covid-19 countermeasures started at different times in different European countries. ETSC made a decision to ask for data for the month of April, as by this time the majority of European countries had imposed countermeasures that resulted in significantly reduced traffic volumes. A road death in the EU is defined as any person killed immediately or dying within 30 days as a result of a road collision. Data for April 2020 could therefore only be provided at least after 30 days had elapsed from the end of the month of April, i.e. at the end of May. This explains the delay in publishing these figures. (Author/publisher)


20200462 ST [electronic version only]

Brussels, European Transport Safety Council ETSC, 2020, 20 p.; ETSC PIN Briefing

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