Road accidents kill 30,000 Russians a year

Road accidents kill approximately 30,000 Russians and injure another 250,000 each year and these figures do not change much year on year, according to statistical reports by the Russian Interior Ministry's road police.

Road accidents kill approximately 30,000 Russians and injure another 250,000 each year and these figures do not change much year on year, according to statistical reports by the Russian Interior Ministry's road police.

More than 22,000 people died in road accidents in the first ten months of this year, which is 0.6 percent more than in the same period last year, says a report posted on the ministry website. Over 208,000 persons were injured (2.5 percent less than last year).

The road accident mortality rate stood at 27,025 in 2013 (3.5 percent less than in 2012) and 258,437 suffered injuries (0.1 percent decline).

In 2012 road accidents claimed almost 28,000 lives (0.1 percent growth) and injured over 258,000 persons (up 2.7 percent). The road police statistics was approximately the same in 2011: 27,953 people were killed and 251,848 were injured. The mortality rate was up 5.2 percent and the injury rate grew 0.5 percent year-on-year.

Road accidents will be an item on the agenda of the fifth Road Traffic Russia international congress, which is due to take place in Moscow on Tuesday.

The development of road infrastructure and transport for comfort, mobility and security of citizens will be the keynote subject of the forum.

The congress will be attended by representatives of the transport department of the UN Commission for Europe, European, Asian and South American nations and member states of the Customs Union, the EEU, the SCO and the BRICS group. Delegates from more than ten foreign states, among them transport ministers and heads of municipal and city authorities, will attend the event.

A federal target program for road safety in 2013-2020 approved by the Russian government in late 2012 stipulates the reduction of road accident mortality rates by 29 percent before 2020. Federal budget investment in the program may reach 48.7 billion rubles.

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