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Road accidents continue decline in 2010

The number of road accidents causing injury continued to decline in 2010, according to new figures released by the Federal Statistics Office.

The Statistics Office said road accidents causing injury declined four per cent from 20,506 in 2009 to 19,609 in 2010. It was the first year since the 1950s when there were less than 20,000 serious accidents.

Accidents causing death declined six per cent in 2010 to 327. Since 1992, the number of road accidents causing death has declined 61 per cent from 834, the Statistics Office said.

Of the 4,785 people seriously injured or killed, 1,410 were in cars, while 1,283 were travelling on motorbike.

Momentary loss of concentration was responsible for causing 74 per cent of accidents causing injury, while lack of driving experience was cited in nine per cent of cases.  

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