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mortality up 4% in May 2021

216 people lost their lives on the roads of mainland France in May 2021. This is 9 more people than in May 2020, (+ 4%) but 27 less (-11%) than in May 2019 (- 14%).

Road mortality figures are known for the month of May 2021. According to estimates from the National Interministerial Road Safety Observatory (ONISR), 216 people lost their lives on the roads of mainland France last month, against 207 in May 2020, or 9 more people killed (+4 %).

But compared to the month of May 2019, “less atypical month and more conducive to a comparison”, according to Road Safety, it is 27 fewer deaths (-11%),

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In the same logic, most indicators are up in May 2021 compared to May 2020, and down compared to May 2019. The number of personal injury accidents increased by 46% compared to last year and decreased by 3% compared to 2019 (4,542 in May 2021, 3,121 in May 2020 and 4,664 in May 2019.

5,763 people were also injured in May 2021, 55% more than in May 2020 and 2% less than in May 2019.

Different developments depending on the categories of users

By user category, the situation is different. Pedestrian mortality in May 2021 is for example at the same level as in May 2020 with 26 killed, but lower than that of May 2019 (- 9 killed) while that of cyclists is higher in May 2021: 20 killed, or 5 more than in May 2020 and 14 more than in May 2019.

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Another different case among motorists: mortality in May 2021 is higher than in May 2020 (102 motorists were killed against 85 in May 2020), but lower than in May 2019 (-31).

The mortality of motorized two-wheelers is down compared to May 2020: 55 people died in May 2021, or 15 less than in May 2020 and 5 more than in May 2019.

Mortality of young and old on the decline

As for the age groups, mortality among 18-24 year olds is declining in May 2021 compared to May 2020: 34 died on the roads in May 2021, 10 less than in May 2020, and 6 less than in May 2019. That of 65-year-olds is also declining last month: 51 seniors aged 65 or over were killed in May 2021, 6 fewer than in May 2020 and 10 fewer than in May 2019.

Increase in the number of deaths in urban areas

Finally, concerning the type of road, road fatalities are on the rise in urban areas (76 killed, respectively 17 and 5 killed more than in May 2020 and May 2019). Outside the built-up area, mortality is lower than in May 2020 and May 2019 with 127 killed, i.e. 6 and 19 killed less than in May 2020 and May 2019.

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