Road fatalities up in April 2022 compared to 2021 and 2019

According to the National Interministerial Road Safety Observatory (ONISR), 262 people were killed on the roads of mainland France in April 2022, compared to 203 in April 2021 and 235 in April 2019.

2020 will only have been a temporary truce for road deaths. In April 2022, 262 people died on the roads of mainland France in April 2022 according to estimates by the National Interministerial Road Safety Observatory (ONISR). This figure is 29% higher than April 2021 (203 killed) and 11% higher than April 2019 (235 killed), the reference year before the sanitary confinement.

Young people (18 to 24) and seniors (65 and over are paying the heaviest price. Among the former, mortality is on the rise with 45 young adults killed, 12 more than in April 2021 and one more than in April 2019. For the elderly, ONISR counts 63 deaths in April 2022, 15 more than in April 2021 and 11 more than in April 2019.

In April 2022, pedestrian mortality is up compared with 32 people who died, or 10 more than in April 2021 and 3 more than in 2019. Among cyclists, it is 24 dead, or 6 more than in 2021, but 3 less than in 2019. Remember that it is from 2020 that the French have started cycling for their daily trips.

Increase in personal injury accidents

Two users of EDPM (motorized personal transport devices), mainly scooters, were killed in April 2022. There were no deaths in April 2021 and April 2019.

The mortality of two-wheeler users is up slightly in April 2022 with 54 killed compared to 53 in 2021, but down compared to 2019 which had 65 killed in motorized two-wheelers. Finally, among motorists, the increase in mortality is the strongest. In 2022, 131 people died, 36 more than in April 2021 and 36 more than in April 2019.

Road mortality in urban areas is higher than that of April 2021 with 82 killed (i.e. 14 more killed) and close to that of April 2019. Outside urban areas, road mortality is higher than that of April 2021, with 157 killed (i.e. 39 more killed) and higher than that of April 2019 with 24 more killed.

According to ONISR, the death toll is down in the Outremer with 14 people killed in a road accident in April 2022 against 19 in April 2021 and 23 in 2019.

In addition to deaths, injury accidents increased compared to April 2021. In April 2022, the police recorded 4,102 against 3,619 in April 2021 (+13%) and 4,347 in April 2019 (i.e. -6% and 245 less accidents). During these accidents, 5,068 people were injured this year compared to 4,360 in April 2021 (+16%) and 5,427 in April 2019 (-7%).

Pascal Samama

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