Traffic fatalities

In 2016, the number of traffic fatalities within 30 days, expressed per million inhabitants, was 56 in Belgium. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, traffic fatalities must be halved.

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Traffic fatalities - Belgium and international comparison

number of deaths within 30 days per million inhabitants

 1991200020102011201220132014201520162016//19912016//2011
Belgium188.0144.077.078.069.264.864.964.956.2-4.7-6.4
EU28160.0117.063.061.056.051.651.451.6------
//: Average Growth Rates

European Commission (2017), Road safety evolution in EU, http://ec.europa.eu/transport/road_safety/ and Statistics Belgium (2017), Accidents de la circulation, https://statbel.fgov.be/ (consulted on 20/11/2017).

Traffic fatalities by sex - Belgium

number of deaths within 30 days per million inhabitants

 1995200020102011201220132014201520162016//19952016//2011
females34.935.818.817.516.115.514.815.912.9-4.6-5.9
males108.0107.658.159.953.149.349.848.942.5-4.3-6.6
//: Average Growth Rates

Statistics Belgium (2017), Accidents de la circulation, https://statbel.fgov.be/ (consulted on 20/11/2017).

Definition: the indicator number of traffic fatalities within 30 days corresponds to the number of fatalities as a result of an accident, immediately or in the month following it. To make international comparisons possible, the number of fatalities is expressed in million inhabitants. Data come from police reports complemented by information from public prosecutor’s offices compiled by Statbel which makes them available, in particular to Eurostat. The data used here come from Eurostat, which publishes detailed and comparable results between EU Member States.

Goal: by 2030, the number of traffic fatalities must be halved.

The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs adopted by the UN in 2015 include target 3.6: “By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents”.

The Federal Long-Term Strategic Vision for Sustainable Development includes objective 24: “Mobility and transport will be provided in maximum safety conditions aiming at zero fatalities”.

International comparison: the number of traffic fatalities decreased by 67.6% between 1991 and 2015 within the EU 28. With 65 fatalities per million inhabitants, Belgium is above the European average (52 fatalities per million). When Member States are divided into three groups, Belgium is part of the group with average performance and lags behind the European average in 2015.

UN indicator: the selected indicator corresponds to 3.6.1 - Death rate due to road traffic injuries.

Sources

  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

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