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death in motorcycle or moped travel is 17 times higher

Postby Micronaut » Tue Oct 11, 2005 8:37 pm ... 3414229236

Parliament Expresses Concern over Road Safety

The European Parliament has expressed its deep concern at the low levels of road safety in some Member States, especially in many of the ten new Member States.
More than 40,000 deaths are caused by road accidents in the EU and in addition to the unacceptable human suffering, there are the related direct and indirect costs, estimated at €180bn or 2% of the EU's GNP. Consequently, MEPs feel that the time is ripe for a far-reaching European Road Safety Action Programme.
The Parliament is particularly worried about the safety of vulnerable road users, including young people, for whom the death rate is particularly high.
The risk of death in motorcycle or moped travel is 17 times higher than in car travel and walking or cycling on EU roads is up to nine times riskier.
The European Parliament has urged to European Commission to outline a proposal for a workable Community-wide approach to road safety that enable Member States to prosecute offenders from other Member States.
MEPs are also demanding a better harmonisation of road signs across Europe and are urging the Commission to investigate the problem of the over-abundance of road signs.
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