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July Sweden's deadliest month in traffic: report

TT/The Local/cg · 2 Jul 2011, 11:59

Published: 02 Jul 2011 11:59 GMT+02:00

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All these criteria are high-risk factors, according to a recent report charting 2010's traffic-related deaths, published by the Traffic Analysis Agency (Trafikanalys).

Men continue to dominate statistics of traffic fatalities. Out of 266 total traffic accident deaths in 2010, 75 percent were men.

According to the agency, men are twice as likely as women to be killed in traffic. This trend has been stable for years, but change may be on the horizon.

"The gap between the number of deceased men and women remained consistent for a long time, but we can now see that it's actually starting to diminish," Magnus Lindholm, accident analyst at the agency, said to news agency TT.

The agency has yet to find an explanation for the diminishing gap.

Seasons have a significant effect on who is involved in traffic accidents. Among men and young people, the summer months are the most dangerous, while women and elderly more often have accidents on wintry roads.

A majority of last year's fatal accidents occurred in daylight, on dry roads. June and July top statistics, due to the many motorcycles rolling on roads.

Magnus Lindholm offers a few suggestions for drivers braving the roads during the year's most dangerous months in traffic: choose roads with central barriers, and follow a few simple principles.

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"If you wear a seat belt, follow speed limits and stay sober, you'll come a long way."

TT/The Local/cg (news@thelocal.se)

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14:59 July 3, 2011 by planet.sweden
The idiocy and aggression of Swedish drivers has to be seen to be believed.

Here in Stockholm drivers pay about as much attention to zebra crossings - where they are meant to give way to pedestrians - as the proverbial Greek taxi driver. Speeding is the norm, respect for other drivers zero, and indicating before turning a long forgotten art.

All of these issues can be multiplied by 10 among middle aged drivers of automatic 4x4s and powerful sports cars, the owners of which believe they can do as they please.

Add in drink and drugs and as far as road fatalities on Swedish roads are concerned, the only way is up.
15:48 July 3, 2011 by Maggie Malay
couldn't agree more, planetsweden.

Its horrifying to see the idiotic things Swedish drivers are prepared to try and do.

Only reason I can think of why they don't get far more road casualties is that its a large country in which to drive around being complete ass-holes.

My Swedish partner blames the early 1990s Bildt-led governments for a growth in this idea that its OK to not have any concern whatever, for anybody else
07:31 July 4, 2011 by karex
@planet sweden I totally agree. Stockholm is one city I refuse to drive in, Malmö is another. One Swedish friend who lives abroad tried to compare the statistics between Belgium and Sweden. Belgium is well-known for chaotic, irresponsible and rude driving practices. Perhaps the fact that driving licenses weren't even required until the mid 1970s has something to do with it. But you can't compare the two and state that Swedish drivers are much safer. In this case I agree with Maggie Malay: For one thing Belgium is over populated and Sweden is under populated. I think that if you put the same number of Swedish drivers per quasre Km as you find in Belgium the statistics would probably be even worse.
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