According to Istat-Aci data, between January and June of this year, compared to the same period of 2021, there was an increase in road accidents with injuries to people (81,437, +24.7%), injuries (108,996, +25 .7%) and the victims within the thirtieth day (1,450, +15.3%). The numbers are sharply increasing compared to the pre-Covid period. The State Police: in 2021 there were 2,875 deaths on the road, but it is 40% less in 20 years
Like every year, the third Sunday of November is the world day dedicated to the memory of road victims. An Istat-Aci study, according to preliminary estimates, in the January-June 2022 semester, compared to the same period of 2021, there was an increase in the number of road accidents with injuries to people (81,437, equal to +24.7%), of injuries (108,996, +25 .7%) and of victims within the thirtieth day (1,450, +15.3%). In short, the first half of 2022 was characterized by a clear recovery in mobility and as a consequence also in road accidents, after the years in which the Covid pandemic saw its most acute phase.
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The Istat-Aci report notes that road accidents are also increasing compared to the first half of 2020 (accidents +64.3%, injured +63.0%, victims +43.2%). In comparison with the first six months of 2019, however, there is still a slight decrease: road accidents -2.6%, injuries -6.8% and deaths -5.5%. In comparison with the first half of 2021, victims increase above all on extra-urban roads (+20%), followed by urban roads (+11%) and motorways (+10%). Compared to the first six months of 2019, in the first half of 2022 the victims decrease significantly on motorways (-11.8%) while on urban and extra-urban roads the decrease is estimated at around 5%.
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The State Police also released further data. In 2021, 2,875 people died in Italy in the 151,875 road accidents that took place throughout the peninsula and 204,728 were injured. Road safety remains one of the major problems, especially in anticipation of the European objective of drastically reducing the number of victims by 2030, until it is completely zero by 2050. But the data are “encouraging” if compared with 2001: 20 years ago there were 7,096 victims of 263,100 accidents in which 373,286 people were injured. According to the Police, in the face of ever-increasing traffic volumes, “accidents and above all deaths have almost halved (almost 58% fewer accidents and 40% fewer deaths)”.
For the decade 2021-2030, the European road safety objectives envisage halving the number of fatalities and serious injuries by 2030, compared to the benchmark year (set for 2019). Following the increase in road fatalities recorded in the first six months of 2022, the path towards achieving the road safety objectives has already started with some difficulties.