Every year, more than 22,000 people are killed on Europe’s roads, and well over 120,000 are seriously injured. The EU countries have thus failed to achieve their goal of reducing the number of road deaths between 2010 and 2020 by an average of 50 percent. Instead of halving the number of fatalities, a decrease of only 36 percent was achieved during the period.

The EU parliamentarians are therefore now calling for more drastic measures in order to achieve the goal of reducing the number of fatalities and serious injuries on Europe’s roads to “almost zero” by 2050. They address two issues that are associated with more than half of all fatal accidents: excessive speed and drink-driving.

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